Microsoft has released a brand new build of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser in the Dev channels, bringing the app to version 18.104.22.168 on Windows and Mac.
There are several additional features within this build, and the most notable is read aloud for PDFs. The original Windows 10 version, which comes pre-installed in the operating system, was specifically focused on offering a sophisticated PDF reading experience, and it appears like Microsoft is targeting a similar approach within this new browser too.
This update also enables Windows Defender Application Guard automatically, so you'll be protected when browsing the net, but additionally comes with secure receipt of payment card data.
Furthermore, Microsoft says additionally, it enabled Application Reputation in the SmartScreen feature for those users, and it added a family safety feature flag inside the app.
More improvements under the hood
You will find obviously plenty of other fixes and refinements, and you can browse the full change sign in this area following the job.
Worth highlighting are fixes for the dark theme, which is now displayed correctly on more pages as well as other controls, but also for macOS, as Microsoft states that the TouchBar should now act as expected in YouTube fullscreen mode.
Needless to say, this release also resolves a number of crashes, which means you should expect Microsoft Edge to run smoother overall.
Microsoft Edge Dev is easily the most stable build from the browser to date, and updates here land every week. Most improvements are first tested by the software giant as part of the Canary version (which receives updates every week).
More stable builds, including beta and the final version, are expected later this season, albeit for the time being Microsoft has remained completely tight-lipped on everything associated with this release. Microsoft Edge is going to be available on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, macOS, and perhaps on Linux.