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Edge roadmap reveals user requests — and work undone

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Microsoft’s latest roadmap for the Edge browser spells out when developers will tackle some of its many not-yet-coded features, but most remain in the planning or even in-discussion phases, leaving users uncertain when functionality would be implemented.

Typically, Microsoft refreshes a “Feedback Summary” for Edge once a week, when it lists what impending features have met the “Planning” milestone and when — as in which month — each will supposedly make it into the browser.

Microsoft solicits feedback from participants in the Microsoft Edge Insider preview program, which, like its Windows equivalent, asks users to test early versions.

At the top of Edge’s roadmap are a pair of sync issues, both set as “Planned for February.” One is dedicated to cleaning up existent problems, including duplicate bookmarks (still called “Favorites” in Edge, a term long used by Microsoft for its antique Internet Explorer); the other will enable synchronization of browser add-ons between copies of Edge on multiple devices.

Chrome has long offered sync for add-ons, also called “extensions.”

Another sync feature available in Chrome — syncing the user’s browser history — is also listed in the Edge roadmap, but that item comes with the timetable of “Planned for summer.”

Although Edge is based on Chromium, the same Google-dominated project that produces the core code for Chrome, the two browsers, not surprisingly, rely on different sets of services. Microsoft did not want, for example, to depend on Google’s own synchronization service for Edge (as if that was even available to the Redmond, Wash. company) but instead needed to craft the links between its browser and its own sync service.

Other bits and pieces that may make it into Edge range from porting it to Linux to supporting Chrome’s browser themes. None have been slotted into a timetable, though.

Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc.

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