Microsoft’s Edge Browser Gains Extensions

After a three-month delay, Microsoft has released the latest build of its Windows 10-based Edge browser, which includes eagerly awaited extensions. Build 14291 has been released for testing by developers.

Three extensions are being offered to test, including Microsoft Translator with more than 50 languages, the Reddit enhancement suite, and Mouse Gestures. Each can be manually installed, and thanks to new extensions support, the extensions can be installed in Google Chrome as well. Developers?EU? Chrome extensions can also be ported to Edge.

Although support for extensions was due at the end of last year, it was delayed. Microsoft didn?EU?t say how long the extensions will be tested by developers before they?EU?re released to all Windows 10 users. If the test period is successful, extensions will be available at the Windows Store. Edge, the successor to Microsoft's legacy Internet Explorer, first came out last summer with the release of the Windows 10 operating system.

More Coming

The preview of the new Edge browser coincided with the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile, which is currently available only to some Windows 8.1 phones. The mobile operating system will be released as a manual upgrade in the coming weeks -- Microsoft decided against an automated push update.

Even though Microsoft has released just three basic extensions, developers will be able to create their own extensions, according to the company. Microsoft is participating in the W3C Browser Extension Community Group?EU?s efforts to define standardized extension APIs based on familiar Web technologies -- the Edge extensions are the first part of that process. Microsoft said that AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Amazon, LastPass, and Evernote extensions will also be available later this year.

How To Test

To try out an extension, users need to click on "More" at the top right in Microsoft Edge and click "Extensions" to open the Extensions pane. Then click...

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