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Microsoft Is About To Solve One Of The Biggest Problems For Its Minimalist New Windows 10 Web Browser – Extensions.

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The functionality will finally let users to install third-party add-ons to their web browser – like The Great Suspender, ad-blockers, or read-later clients including Pocket or Instapaper.

Microsoft was criticised for not including the feature when it launched its redesigned, minimalist web browser alongside Windows 10 last summer.

Adoption of the new web browser quickly plummeted, with the vast majority of Windows 10 users opting for Google’s own Chrome browser instead.

 

Microsoft briefly pushed out a new webpage which hints at the Microsoft Edge extensions IG

Microsoft briefly pushed out a new webpage which hints at the Microsoft Edge extensions

According to an official preview page (which has since been pulled by Microsoft, but is cached here) the requested functionality is expected to be bundled alongside the next version of Windows 10, codenamed RedStone.

The US technology firm had hoped to push out extensions by the end of 2015, but this was later delayed until mid-2016.

Windows Insiders can preview three supported Edge extensions, including Microsoft Translator, Reddit Enhancement Suite and Mouse Gestures.

The ultimate goal for Microsoft is to roll-out Edge extensions via the unified Windows 10 Store.

One of the headline features in Microsoft Edge is the integration of voice assistant Cortana MICROSOFT

One of the headline features in Microsoft Edge is the integration of voice assistant Cortana

The news comes after delays hit the next blockbuster update for Windows 10, codenamed RedStone.

Windows 10 is the Microsoft operating system with the fastest adoption rates, with some 200 million activations across the globe by December 2015.

Microsoft has previously stated an ambition to get one billion devices across the globe running Windows 10 within two years of the operating system’s release.

Express.co.uk was impressed with the new operating system, in our review we said it marked “a brilliant start to the next chapter for Microsoft Windows.”

But the new OS has not been without issues.

Users have reported frustratingly slow boot-up speedstroublesome wifi connectionsfees for basic functionality included in earlier versions of Windowsprivacy concerns and issues with child safety features following the jump to Windows 10.

 

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/652670/Microsoft-Windows-10-Extensions-Release-Date?utm_source=currently&utm_medium=browser-extension&utm_campaign=chrome&

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