Microsoft Edge gets better support for web apps and PDFs

Microsoft released version 94 of its Chromium-based Edge browser on the Dev Channel, bringing new features to PWA – browser applications that behave like native applications.

As Neowin noted, this version of the Dev Channel marks the first time Microsoft has released a new version of Edge in accordance with Google’s shorter four-week update cycle.

The Edge preview version 94.0.992.1 is the latest version of version 94 and supports download pop-ups in PWAs and websites installed as apps.

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Edge users can also open local HTML or web files on iPhones and iPads, and there is a new interface for WebView2 to launch the browser task manager and listen to browser output. WebView2 helps developers integrate HTML, CSS, and JavaScript web code into native apps, and is part of Microsoft’s effort to unify Win32 and UWP apps with its WinUI 3 user interface framework.

Other updates in Edge 94 include a management policy to control the setting for Web RTC to adhere to the operating system routing table when it is enabled. It also brings back URL suggestions to error pages resulting from incorrectly entered web addresses.

Edge 94 also includes a number of fixes for annoying issues, including some antivirus products that prevent Edge from opening. Windows 10 automatically launches Edge, but users can stop this behavior in Windows settings.

It also includes a fix for Edge on Windows 11 where windows are sometimes blank or white, and searching for settings causes the browser to go blank.

In Edge 94, users should find that Efficiency Mode actually works, and spell checking is on when it should. Microsoft has also faced issues importing passwords from other browsers, as well as errors in Edge on Android and iOS, and login issues for some websites.

Microsoft highlights a old bug Edge and YouTube this is due to the activation of the Adblock extension in Edge, preventing the browser from paying for YouTube content.

“Users of some ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to continue,” Microsoft notes.

Microsoft also advises Kaspersky Antivirus users to update their software if they cannot access Gmail through Edge.

“Kaspersky Internet Suite users who have installed the associated extension may sometimes see web pages such as Gmail not loading. This failure is caused by the main Kaspersky software being out of date and therefore resolved by ensuring that the latest version is installed. “

According to Windows LatestMicrosoft Edge version 94 also allows users to add text to PDF documents opened in the browser. This feature eliminates the need to install PDF software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Besides a few fixes, version 94 is almost complete and users can expect it to hit the beta channel soon.

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