Microsoft’s new tool lets developers convert their Chrome extensions to Edge extensions


A while ago, we reported that Microsoft is working on a tool that will allow developers to convert their Chrome extensions to work on Edge. Now, it looks like the tool is now available for download on the Windows Store. The tool, which Microsoft is simply calling the “Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit “basically allows developers to convert their Chrome extension to work on Microsoft Edge. From the looks of it, the app is still in its early stages, but it does look like a pretty neat idea. The tool will validate your Chrome extension, and give you info for debugging as well. The app’s description states:

This toolkit allows developer to convert a Chrome extension to run on Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (14393.10) edition. The tool creates the necessary JSON manifest entries and bridges the chrome.* APIs to the browser.* APIs supported on Microsoft Edge, polyfiling where necessary.

In case you don’t know, Microsoft added support for extensions to Microsoft Edge with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Edge extensions are very similar to Chrome extensions, which is why it’s quite easy for developers to convert their extensions. However, do keep in mind that Microsoft Edge is lacking some APIs that are available on Chrome, but Microsoft will likely add more APIs with a future update.

If you are a developer, you can try the tool out from the link below — once again, the app is pretty rough, so it might not work properly.

Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit
Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Kostenlos