Software Update: Microsoft Edge 81.0.416.53

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Microsoft has released version 81 of Edge. This Chromium-based browser is available for Windows 7 and above, and macOS. New in version 81 includes the ability to create collections of web pages, can use payment information stored in a Microsoft account, with the addition of Windows Speller, there is improved support for translations and a clearer indication that you are in an InPrivate browser screen , which was sometimes difficult to perceive with a dark theme. The complete release notes for this release are as follows:

Feature Updates

  • Collections is now available. You can get started by clicking the Collections icon next to the address bar. This action opens the Collections pane where you can create, edit, and view Collections. We designed Collections based on what you do on the web. If you’re a shopper, a traveler, a teacher, or a student, Collections can help. Learn more.
  • Allow the removal (Hide from toolbar) of the Collections button from the Microsoft Edge toolbar for consistency.
  • On-prem Active Directory account auto sign in will only be targeted to organizations that turn it on. If users were already signed in with an on-prem AD account, they will be able to sign out of it. Users will only be automatically signed in with the primary account on their operating system if it’s an MSA or an Azure AD account. Admins can enable auto sign in with an on-prem AD account using the ConfigureOnPremisesAccountAutoSignIn policy.
  • Application Guard. Extensions support now available in the container.
  • Added a message to inform users that Internet Explorer isn’t installed when they navigate to a page that’s configured to open in Internet Explorer mode.
  • Updated the 3D View tool in Microsoft Edge DevTools with a new feature to help debug z-index stacking context. 3D View shows a representation of the DOM (Document Object Model) depth using color and stacking, and the z-Index view helps you isolate the different stacking contexts of your page. Learn more.
  • The F12 Dev tools are localized in 10 new languages, so they will match the language used in the rest of the browser. Learn more.
  • Added support for Dolby Vision playback. On Dolby Vision-enabled Windows 10 Build 17134 (April 2018 Update), websites can show Dolby vision content. See how to enable Dolby Vision content from Netflix.
  • Microsoft Edge can now identify and remove duplicate favorites and merge folders with the same name. To access the tool, click the star on the browser’s toolbar and select “Remove duplicate favorites”. You can that confirm changes and any updates to your favorites will be synced across devices.
  • We heard from users it can be difficult to distinguish a normal browsing window in dark theme from an InPrivate window since both window frames are dark. The new solid InPrivate blue pill in the top right corner helps reassure users they are browsing InPrivate.
  • Open external links in the correct browser profile. Select a default profile for links opened for external apps to open in from edge://settings/multiProfileSettings.
  • Added a warning that alerts users who sign into a browser profile with an account after being previously signed in with another account. This warning will help prevent unintentional data merging.
  • If you have payment cards saved in your Microsoft account, you can use them in Microsoft Edge while filling out payment forms. The cards in your Microsoft account will sync across desktop devices and the full details will be shared with the website after two-factor authentication (CVC code and your Microsoft identity.) For further convenience, you can choose to securely save a copy of the card on the device during authentication.
  • Line Focus is designed for users who like to focus on a limited part of the content as they read. It lets users keep the focus on one, three, or five lines at a time and dims out the rest of the page to let users read without distraction. Users can scroll using touch or arrow keys and the focus shifts accordingly.
  • Microsoft Edge is now integrated with Windows Speller on Windows platforms 8.1 and above. This integration provides greater language support, with access to more language dictionaries and the ability to use Windows custom dictionaries. There’s no further action needed from the users when a language has been added in the OS language settings. Also, a language spell check toggle is enabled in Microsoft Edge settings.
  • When PDF documents are opened using Microsoft Edge, users will now be able to create highlights, change color, and delete highlights. This feature helps in referencing important parts of the document later, and for collaboration.
  • When loading long PDF documents that have been optimized for web, the pages being viewed by the user will be loaded faster, parallelly, while the rest of the document is loading.
  • Now it’s easier to start the Immersive Reader for a website by just pressing the F9 key.
  • Now it’s easier to start Read Aloud by using a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + U).
  • Added an MSI command line parameter that lets you suppress Desktop icon creation when you install Microsoft Edge. The following example shows how to use this new parameter:
    MicrosoftEdgeEnterpriseX64.msi DONOTCREATEDESKTOPSHORTCUT=true
    There will be a group policy to support this functionality in an upcoming release.

Policy updates
New policies

11 new policies were added. Download the updated Administrative Templates from the Microsoft Edge Enterprise landing page. The following new policies were added.

Policy name and caption changes

The policy OmniboxMSBProviderEnabled is changed to AddressBarMicrosoftSearchInBingProviderEnabled – The caption for the policy is “Enable Microsoft Search in Bing suggestions in the address bar”.

Deprecated policies

The following policies continue to work in this release. They will become “obsolete” in a future release.

Known issues

  • Fixed an issue where IE mode on Microsoft Edge caused an ongoing download dialog to show even after the file was downloaded.
  • Fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge was dropping session cookies when a page already in IE mode triggered to open a new IE mode tab.

Version number 81.0.416.53
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, macOS, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016
Website Microsoft
License type Freeware
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