Best New Features in Edge Chromium 88


The latest update for Edge Chromium, version 88, is finally rolling out. This version adds many new features to the Windows and MacOS versions of the browser, such as new password protection tools, an updated look and many quality life-enhancements. That’s a lot, so we’ll revamp everything in Edge 88 and show you how to use it.

Password generator and security monitor

Edge 88’s update note headlines are two big password features. The first is a random password generator that creates an auto-password whenever you create a new account or update an existing password. Edge saves the password and fills it for you so that you don’t have to remember it.

Another new password tool is automatic data breech monitoring. Edge traverses any saved login information with the latest data breaches and will notify you if it believes any of your accounts have been tampered with.

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Both features require you to sign in to Edge with a Microsoft account and turn on password syncing. Settings> Profile> Sync> Password. To enable the password generator:

  1. Go for Settings> Profile> Password.
  2. Turn on “Offer to save password” And “Suggest a strong password.”

Now whenever you input a new password, Edge will offer to make it for you. Password monitoring is automatic and applies to any login saved in Edge. You can find them Settings> Profile> Password> Saved Passwords.

Sleeping tabs

Users can now set the idle tab to “go to sleep” after a set time. Edge stops checking the sleeping tab in the background, which frees up your PC’s memory and CPU to be used elsewhere. according to this Bleeding computer, It cuts the memory usage of an idle tab by 32% on average, and the CPU uses about 37%.

To reduce user edge resource usage, you will see a popup notification suggesting to turn on the sleeping tab, but you can configure the setting Settings> System> Save Resources. You can choose how long the tab should remain inactive before going to sleep, or specific websites should never be set to sleep.

Sidebar search

Now you can leave the page you are visiting without opening a new tab or. Just highlight one word Right-click> search. A sidebar will open with search results.

Looks new

The Edge 88 also changes the look of the browser, including new “Fluent Design” interface icons that match other Microsoft products, and over 24 new browser themes you can use to personalize Edge’s look.

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Each theme has its own color scheme and wallpaper. Wallpaper selections include artwork from Microsoft’s first-party video game properties such as Halo, Forza, Sea of ​​Thieves, and more; Wonder Woman 1984; And some original designs. You can preview and Install them from the new edge add-on page.

Other new features

Finally, there is a selection of smaller tweaks, some of which were available on only a few platforms, but are now standard for all desktop versions of Edge:

To download the version 88 update, open Edge and go to Settings> About Microsoft Edge. If it is available, the download will begin automatically, although Microsoft says that some users may take up to two weeks to receive it.

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