Windows 10 Creators Update will provide Microsoft Edge with some of the following improvements for end users and developers
Microsoft said that once the next major Windows 10 update releases, the company’s Edge browsers will also be receiving a slew of new features and tweaks. There will be enhancements for end users, along with standards support for Web application developers. Many of the improvements are showing up now for “fast-ring” Windows Insider Program testers. Some Edge features will make the “Redstone 2” (creators update) release of Windows 10, which is thought to be arriving in April.
1. On the end user side, the Microsoft Edge browser will have the ability to preview multiple open tabs in a thumbnail view when the Windows 10 creators update arrives, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Open tabs can be set aside as a group, to be revisited later, which Microsoft sees as a way of staying organized and not losing tabs. A screenshot in Microsoft’s announcement showed that tab collections can be saved from different time periods, such as “yesterday,” “3 hours ago” and “just now.”
2. Users possibly will be able to block Flash use with the Windows 10 creators update. Microsoft had announced this capability back in December, but it wasn’t mentioned in its announcements on Tuesday. The Microsoft Edge browser already has the capability to automatically pause Flash ad content that’s not deemed essential.
3. Developers can expect to see Content Security Policy Level 2 (CSP2) support in Microsoft Edge when the Windows 10 creators update is released. CSP2 is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)-recommended approach that’s designed to help ward off content injection attacks, as well as cross-site scripting exploits, because developers can “lock down the resources that can be used by their web application,” Microsoft explained, in a Jan. 10 blog post.
4. Developers also will see WebRTC 1.0 API support in the Edge browser coming with the Windows 10 creators update, Microsoft explained, in a second announcement on Tuesday. In essence, Microsoft will enable video and audio communications in peer-to-peer scenarios, such as Skype calls between devices, which will work “across browsers and platforms.”
5. Microsoft Edge also will get support for the “H.264/AVC and VP8 video codecs” for real-time communications (RTC). The added support “means video communications are now interoperable between Microsoft Edge and other major WebRTC browsers and RTC services.”
6. Microsoft also plans to bring Brotli compression to the Edge browser with the Windows 10 creators update release. It’s a lossless data compression format spearheaded by the Internet Engineering Taskforce. Brotli compression is expected to improve browser load times because of “20% better compression ratios“