Microsoft has introduced a major update to its Edge browser, introducing new features that include sleep sections, new themes, and performance improvements. The latest features come a year after the release of the Microsoft Edge version powered by Chromium.
Probably the most exciting feature from a consumer perspective is the introduction of new themes in Edge. Microsoft said it has created 24 new themes, giving users plenty of options to customize their browser. Some of the themes are straight from Xbox, including Halo, Gears, Forza, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Sea of Thieves and more.
Themes apply a new background to the new tab page, while tabs, the address bar, and other parts of the browser also take on the appearance of the theme. Support is also available for vertical sections in the Dev channel, which the company recently tested.
Speaking of design, Microsoft includes more elements of its Fluent design system in Edge, starting with the browser icons, which now acquire a more rounded and softer look. Microsoft said it plans to import more of its Fluent design system into more of its products, but did not share details.
The next thing people will notice in Edge are the sleep sections. Microsoft said the feature will increase browser performance by improving memory and CPU usage. “When you have multiple partitions open, it will free up system resources for inactive partitions to help power new or existing partitions, as well as other applications, preventing delays and slowness.”
Microsoft is also launching new password management features for Edge. One of the features is a password generator. The new one will automatically offer a secure password when you sign up for a new online account or change an existing password. The password generator arrives before other security features, including a password monitor that tells you if one of your passwords is part of the list of expired dark network credentials.
In terms of improved privacy, Microsoft said Edge will include additional transparency to help users manage certain site permissions. Users will be able to control which sites you share location, access to camera and microphone. You can also view, edit, and reset site permissions if you change your mind.
These features are part of a much larger Edge update that also runs history and tab syncing for all users. This feature was previously provided to some countries earlier this month.