REDMOND, Wash. – April 6, 2023 – Microsoft Edge, the popular web browser developed by Microsoft, is introducing a suite of new features aimed at helping users stay organized, productive, and focused in today’s fast-paced digital environment. Roger Capriotti, a representative from Microsoft Edge, shared details on the innovative features in a recent blog post on the Windows Experience Blog.
First and foremost, Edge is now the only web browser to offer an integrated AI image generator, powered by the latest DALL∙E models from OpenAI. Dubbed “Image Creator,” the feature allows users to create custom imagess that don’t yet exist by entering a prompt, and then selecting from four different image options generated by the AI. The Image Creator is accessible from the Microsoft Edge sidebar, and is designed to provide users with a seamless way to create visuals for social posts, presentations, and other digital content without leaving the browser.
In addition to the AI-powered image generation, Edge is introducing a new feature called “Drop,” which makes it easier for users to share files and notess across devices. Whether it’s vacation photos, important documents, or quick notes for grocery shopping, Drop offers users a centralized space to transfer content from one device to another. Available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, the Drop feature requires users to be signed into their Microsoft account in Edge.
To further enhance productivity, Microsoft Edge now offers the ability to edit and save web images directly within the browser. Users can right-click on a web image and access editing options such as cropping, adjusting lighting and color, and adding filters—all without needing to download the image or use external editing apps. The feature aims to streamline the creative process for users working on presentations and other visuals.
In addition to the new features, Edge is also rolling out updates to its “Efficiency Mode,” aimedd at improving battery performance and giving users more control over power consumption. The mode can detect when a laptop is low on battery and enable power-saving features to extend battery life. Users can also choose between a “Balanced” setting for energy savings with good browsing experience or a “Maximum Savings” setting for the highest level of energy conservation, albeit with potential impacts on browser performance.
Microsoft Edge continues to build on its classic features, such as “Collections” for visually organizing web content, links, images, and notes, and “Vertical Tabs” for efficient tab management. Collections allows users to create and curate thematic collections, such as planning a summer road trip or organizing research for a project, and syncs across signed-in devices for easy access on the go. Vertical Tabs, on the other hand, provides a more organized way of browsing by moving browser tabs to the left side of the screen, allowing users to easily scroll through and expand open tabs. The browser also offers “Tab Groups,” allowing users to assign names and color codes to groups of tabs for quick identification and navigation.
The suite of new and improved features comes shortly after Microsoft announced the limited public preview of “Edge Workspaces,” which enables collaborative browsing in a shared space with friends, family, and colleagues to get tasks done together.
“Multitasking is unavoidable, and at Microsoft Edge we want to give you the tools to help make your day-to-day easier,” Capriotti wrote in the blog post. Microsoft Edge is committed to creating web experiences and tools that maximize productivity and help users stay organized so they can focus on what they love.
The new features and updates are available to all Edge users, and the browser comes pre-installed on Windows PCs. For those interested in trying Microsoft Edge on macOS, mobile, or Linux devices, the browser can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.
As Microsoft Edge continues to innovate and introduce features that meet the evolving demands of today’s digital landscape, users can expect an increasingly powerful and personalized browsing experience that puts productivity and organization at the forefront.
The introduction of the AI-powered Image Creator and features like Drop, Edit Image, and Efficiency Mode, along with improvements to Collections and Vertical Tabs, showcases Microsoft Edge’s commitment to staying at the forefront of web browsing technology. Microsoft’s emphasis on enhancing the user experience, especially in areas related to productivity and organization, reflects the company’s understanding of the challenges faced by individuals and professionals in today’s fast-paced and interconnected world.
As the browser landscape continues to evolve, Microsoft Edge is positioned as a strong contender with features that cater to the needs of users across various platforms. Whether it’s working on a creative project, collaborating with colleagues, or staying organized during daily browsing sessions, Microsoft Edge aims to offer a seamless and powerful experience for users of all kinds.
Could these innovative features propel Microsoft toward the coveted top position in the browser market? It’s highly plausible that Microsoft Edge will make significant strides in closing the gap with Google Chrome. As per StatCounter data, Chrome currently dominates the market with an impressive 65% share, followed by Safari with 19.5%, while Edge holds a modest 4.63%. In response to Microsoft’s advancements with its GPT-powered chatbot, Google has launched its own AI technology, Bard AI (bard.google.com), and has future plans to integrate AI capabilities into its search engine. As the browser war intensifies, Microsoft’s enhancements to Edge may play a critical role in its pursuit of a larger share of the market.
Microsoft Edge. (2023, April 6). Edge features to help you stay organized and power your productivity. Windows Experience Blog. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2023/04/06/edge-features-to-help-you-stay-organized-and-power-your-productivity/