In our final piece about the April 2018 Update for Windows 10, we are going to talk about the improvements in Microsoft Edge. As a reminder, we’ve looked at the following elements already: Accessibility, Cortana, Continue on PC, Storage Sense, Focus Assist, the Microsoft Store and the security tools.
Microsoft’s new browser was released as part of the initial Windows 10 release in July 2015. Since then it has received new capabilities when new feature updates are released for Windows 10.
That schedule is also its Achilles heel. Unlike competitors such as Chrome and Firefox, which gets updates and new features at least once per month, Microsoft Edge lags behind due to this semi-annual update schedule. Edge does get security updates each month as part of the normal cumulative update process for Windows 10, but these patches do not introduce new enhancements.
Note: There are some indications that work is underway to separate Edge’s update schedule from the release of Windows 10 feature updates twice a year. If this happens then Edge will be able to iterate new features much quicker and that could also help it gain market share.
When a feature update is released for Windows 10, Edge has had a long list of improvements and new capabilities as part of that update. The most recent feature update for Windows 10 is no exception, and the six months’ worth of development shows in the summary we are looking at today.