New Windows 10 Preview Build Introduces Extensions for Edge Browser

Microsoft said its latest preview build of Windows 10 arrives with some features that are high on the wish lists of developer "Insiders," in particular, extensions for the Edge browser. Edge, the successor to Microsoft's legacy Internet Explorer, first came out last summer with the release of the Windows 10 operating system.

Announced yesterday, the debut of the new Windows preview was accompanied by the long-awaited rollout of Windows 10 Mobile, currently available to only a select group of Windows 8.1 phones. Delayed repeatedly, the new mobile operating system will be offered over the coming weeks as a manually launched upgrade, rather than an automated "push" update.

The new preview build version of Windows 10 introduces three extensions for the Edge browser: Mouse Gestures, the Reddit Enhancement Suite and Microsoft Translator, which can automatically translate Web pages in more than 50 languages. Microsoft said it expects to release a number of other popular extensions for Edge later this year.

More Edge Updates, Better Maps

"Since the beginning of the Microsoft Edge project, our roadmap has always included extensions in order to support a vibrant community of developer innovation on top of the browser, enabling new and interesting scenarios for our customers," Microsoft Edge general manager Drew DeBruyne said yesterday in a post on the Windows Experience Blog. At the same time, Microsoft has made it a priority to create a browser that avoids poorly written or malicious extensions, which can be "a huge source of security, reliability and performance issues for browsers," he said.

To prevent such issues, Microsoft will first release new Edge extensions to its Windows Insiders for testing, DeBruyne said. After a successful test period, extensions will then become available to all users through the Windows Store. Other Edge extensions expected to come out later this year include...

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