Microsoft is releasing Edge build 82.0.425.3 to the Dev channel today. Since this build is the first one from version 82 in this branch, it does not contain much in the way of features. However, there are a bunch of reliability improvements and fixes. The only new feature is a management policy that deletes legacy Edge’s browsing data when it is replaced by the stable version of Chromium-based Edge.
Here is the long list of reliability improvements:
- Fixed an issue where importing favorites from another browser sometimes causes a browser crash.
- Fixed an issue where importing settings from other browsers sometimes causes a browser crash.
- Fixed an issue where adding an item to a Collection via the context menu sometimes causes a crash.
- Fixed a crash when using Collections.
- Fixed a browser crash when closing a window for Collections users.
- Fixed a crash when closing the browser.
- Fixed a crash when closing a window on Mac.
- Fixed an issue where printing a PDF sometimes causes a browser crash.
- Fixed an issue where attempting to log into a webpage that uses the Windows login dialog sometimes causes a browser crash.
- Fixed an issue where deleting form autofill suggestions sometimes crashes the browser.
- Fixed an issue where users signed into the browser with a work or school account may see sync stop working.
- Fixed an issue where deleted Collections and deleted items in a Collection sometimes reappear when Collections sync is enabled.
- Fixed an issue where deleting a Collection sometimes crashes the Collections pane.
- Fixed an issue where importing certain data from other browsers like Chrome sometimes fails.
- Fixed a memory leak when viewing many Collections.
Also, the fixes for changed behavior include the following:
- Fixed an issue where on-premises work or school profiles (profiles with a DOMAIN\NAME format instead of a [email protected] format) are not removable. Note that we’ve also got more changes coming to stop creating these types of profiles by default. See https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/enterprise/updates-to-auto-sign-in-with-on-prem-active-direct… for details.
- Fixed an issue where scrolling on a trackpad using the two-finger gesture sometimes causes webpages to jump straight to the top or bottom on certain devices.
- Fixed an issue where attempting to install a website as an app or pin it to the taskbar sometimes fails because the UI to finish the action never appears.
- Fixed an issue where address bar history is sometimes not properly deleted when the browser is set to delete browsing data on close.
- Fixed an issue where enabling Tracking Prevention prevents logging in on certain websites.
- Fixed an issue where video that uses Dolby Vision sometimes flashes or stutters.
- Fixed an issue where video playing on certain websites like Apple TV sometimes freezes.
- Improved performance of playing certain DRM-protected video on ARM64 devices.
- Fixed an issue on Mac where extensions that use native messaging don’t work properly.
- Fixed an issue on Mac where the Touchbar sometimes isn’t responsive when playing fullscreen video.
- Fixed an issue where using IE mode tabs in multiple windows sometimes causes dialogs to appear over the wrong window.
- Fixed an issue where the update notification on the … menu fails to appear when there’s a pending Edge update.
- Fixed an issue where editing a Collection in one window sometimes doesn’t cause the Collection to be updated in other windows that are open.
- Fixed an issue where changing a setting doesn’t update the Settings UI, even though the setting is successfully changed.
- Changed the microsoft-edge: protocol evaluation to more closely match Edge Legacy’s behavior of not decoding URLs before navigating to them.
There are a few known issues that users must be aware of such as duplicated favorites and rendering glitches when zoomed. Here is the list of all the known issues:
- Some users are seeing favorites get duplicated after we made some fixes in that area last month. The most common way this is triggered is by installing a new channel of Edge or installing Edge on another device and then signing into it with an account that has already signed into Edge before.
- Users of certain security software packages will see all tabs fail to load with the error STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION. The only supported way to prevent this behavior is to uninstall that software. We’re currently engaging with the developers of that software to try to find a fix.
- After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. UI popups like menus are not affected and opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift + esc) and killing the GPU process fixes it. Note that this only appears to affect users with certain hardware.
- There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don’t get any sound from Edge. In one case, Edge becomes muted in the Windows Volume Mixer and unmuting it fixes it. In another, restarting the browser fixes it.
- At certain zoom levels, there is a noticeable line between the browser UI and the web contents.
If you are running Edge in the Beta channel, you should be receiving version 81 this week. You can head to the three-dot menu at the top right > Help and feedback > About Microsoft Edge to check the version and pull the update if you haven’t received it yet. As for those on the stable channel, version 81 is still a few weeks away.
The latest Canary build of Edge received new features such as the ability to add a share button on the toolbar, something that is being tested in Chrome Canary. Other features include new customization options and download settings changes.
The Redmond giant has also provided some links that provide details on the performance improvements that the team has been working on, Mac manageability improvements, and a detailed post about how the ability to choose a default profile to open links in works. The team is also holding a call-in session to talk to customers and hear feedback on 27 Feb 2020.