Edge Dev Gets Natural Language Support for History Search

With Microsoft getting ready to release Edge 102 in beta and stable, Edge 103 is moving from Canary to Dev. The first release of 103 is now available for testing in this week’s developer update. Version 103.0.1253.0 is a relatively minor update in which the most important new feature is natural voice support for history search. You can open the history popup and type in something like “YouTube in the last week”.

In case you missed it, in the previous Edge Dev update, Microsoft added support for Clarity Boost, which improves image quality when streaming games from the cloud.

What’s new in Microsoft Edge Dev 103.0.1253.0?

Added features:

  • Added the ability to pin PWAs/websites installed as apps to the taskbar from their…menu.
  • By default, the ability to search the History pop-up using natural language (for example, “Youtube in the last week”) is enabled.
  • Added a control policy to set the zoom display type in Internet Explorer mode, which determines whether the browser zoom level takes into account the current display zoom, as in IE (for example, if the display zoom is set to 150%, then the default zoom level in IE will show 150 %). Please note that documentation and administrative template updates may not yet occur.

Increased reliability:

  • Fixed crash on startup.
  • Fixed a crash when visiting certain websites.
  • Fixed a crash when adding items to collections.
  • Fixed a crash when switching profiles in the Edge Bar.
  • Fixed a crash in WebView2 applications when adding status bar text (bug 2414 ).

Behavior changed:

  • Temporarily disabled the search box in the alerts and tips popup.
  • We fixed an issue where the browser would sometimes not respond to links clicked from other apps if it wasn’t already open.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the browser to not be brought to the foreground if it was minimized when clicking on a notification in the Windows Action Center.
  • We fixed an issue where previously open tabs were sometimes restored when the browser was first opened, even though they were not supposed to be restored.
  • Fixed an issue that caused vertical tabs to display incorrectly when using custom themes.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the “Find on Page” UI to be red.
  • Fixed an issue where navigator.mediaCapabilities would sometimes not report correct decoding information to websites.
  • We fixed an issue where application windows or pop-ups opened in IE mode tabs would not automatically resize when they should.
  • Fixed an issue in WebView2 apps where the on-screen keyboard would sometimes not show up (error 460 ).

Known Issues:

  • Users of some ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on YouTube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to continue. See this help article for more information.
  • Some users are still experiencing the issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors such as Symantec. and in these cases updating this software will fix it.
  • Users of Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the appropriate extension installed may sometimes see web pages such as Gmail not loading. This failure occurs because the main Kaspersky Lab software is outdated, so it can be fixed by installing the latest version.
  • Some users experience “jitter” when scrolling with trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to scroll back and forth slightly in the other. Please note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on some devices. This is most likely due to our ongoing work on bringing scrolling to parity with Edge Legacy behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can disable it temporarily by turning off the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag.

You can download Microsoft Edge Dev for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android from the official Edge Insider website .

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