Microsoft is considering bringing a popular feature of the classic Microsoft Edge to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft engineers have added a new commit in Chromium Gerrit, adding universal ‘reveal password’ button, a feature that has been there since the first version of classic Edge.
The feature is currently in development but when it gets ready, the passwords field is likely to gain an eye icon, clicking on which will reveal the password in the text format. Notably, you will only get to see the eye icon when you type it the passwords by yourself, meaning that if you make your browser autofill passwords for you, you won’t be able to see the eye icon, and hence, no way to know the password.
A keydown handler is added to support Alt-F8 hotkey to reveal/obscure password and logics are added to make sure the reveal button only appears with direct user input. If the password is not empty in the first place (ex. autofill or value=xxx) or the control loses focus and regains focus, or the value is changed by script, the reveal button won’t show.
Google Chrome is going to get the feature as well, as it’s also based on Chromium. Besides Chrome, browsers like Opera, Vivaldi will get the feature too.
There is no information as to when the feature is going to be functional in the Chromium browsers. But if forced to conjecture, I’d say that the ‘reveal password’ feature is likely to arrive within a few weeks.