During its virtual Build 2020 developer conference, Microsoft announced a number of new business features and other improvements to come on Chromium Edge.
Microsoft Edge recently surpassed Mozilla Firefox to become the second most popular desktop browser after Google Chrome, and the software giant has yet to deploy its Chromium-based browser as a Windows update.
The company also revealed that its Edge team had made “more than 3,000 commits” in the open source Chromium project since December of last year. These improvements affected a number of different areas, including accessibility, inking, scrolling, and localization, and have an impact on all Chromium browsers on Windows as well as on frameworks such as Electron.
New business features
Microsoft has positioned Chromium Edge as a browser for businesses, which is why the company has announced several new features designed to help IT managers and information workers.
The first is synchronization and installation extensions in Edge will be able to sync across multiple devices. The company has created a new policy that allows IT professionals to manage the types of data that synchronize for their users, such as disabling the ability to synchronize passwords.
The next step is automatic profile change and this feature will detect if a link that a user is trying to open needs their work credentials and then switch to their work profile, if they are already logged in. This could be very useful for those who work from home as it will allow them to set a default profile for any link, whether work or personal.
Edge now also supports Windows Information Protection, which helps protect content in a web environment where users share and distribute content frequently. This functionality separates a user's personal and business data, adds additional protection for business applications, and provides audit reports for compliance purposes.
Chromium Edge is gaining users at a brisk pace and these new business features are likely to convince some people to move away from Google Chrome, especially if they are already using Microsoft applications and services in their organizations.