Edge 95 final release for dev channel brings Windows 11-style visuals and more
Microsoft today released the final version of Edge 95 for the Dev Channel, bringing version 95.0.1020.0 to users. The reason this is the final version of version 95 for the Dev Channel is that Edge now follows a condensed release schedule, with major releases now being released once every four weeks. This is the version that should now roll over to beta channel users as the company prepares to move to the next major release.
Regarding today’s version, there are some significant improvements. For starters, Edge now defaults to the Windows 11 style design, bringing rounded corners and other updated design cues. In Windows 11, the browser also supports translucent elements in the title bar and context menus. Until now, these features were hidden under an experimental flag. It should be noted, however, that the redesign is still a work in progress, so there may be some rough edges and inconsistencies.
The second major improvement concerns the management of view restoring PDFs on Edge. The feature allows users to retrieve PDF files where they left off, meaning Edge will now remember the page number, zoom state, and page layout of the document, making it easier to read long PDF files and offering the reader in the browser as a viable alternative to other applications. For those who need it, there is an option to turn off the feature. The functionality will be delivered to all users with Edge 95.
Other improvements in today’s version include the ability to annotate with a pen on screenshots captured via the built-in web capture tool, support for opening local files in the iOS version of the browser and the addition of some new management policies.
Here is the full list of new features:
- Features enabled by default:
- Management policies (note that updates to documentation and administrative models may not have taken place yet):
- Added a policy to control whether intranet file links are enabled, which controls whether the file: URLs located on intranet pages will open file explorer.
- Chromium policy support enabled to control whether Web Cross Origin assembly module sharing is enabled.
- Support enabled for Chromium policy to control whether the display capture permission policy is enabled.
- Improved support for opening local files in the browser on iOS.
As usual, there are a bunch of bugfixes coming to the browser. Here are the changes that improve the reliability of the browser:
- Fixed a crash when using Password Generator.
- Fixed a crash when using the Web Widget.
- Fixed a crash when browsing a tab in IE mode.
- Fixed a crash when using tab groups.
- Fixed a crash when interacting with information bars.
- Fixed a crash when closing an autofill pop-up window.
- Fixed crash on startup.
- Fixed a crash when the orientation of the device changes.
- Fixed a crash when logging into the browser.
- Fixed a crash on older versions of iOS.
- Fixed an issue on Mac where checking for updates in settings would sometimes crash settings.
- Fixed an issue where some apps installed on the device would crash all tabs as soon as they were opened.
- Fixed a crash when opening Internet Explorer.
- Fixed a crash when closing the browser.
And here are the fixes that aim to address the behavior change:
- Fixed an issue on some versions of Linux where the browser does not open.
- Fixed another issue where users are logged out of the browser after updating the browser.
- Fixed an issue where the video volume was sometimes reset to maximum.
- Fixed an issue where favorites sometimes could not be clicked.
- Fixed an issue where importing some data from other browsers would fail.
- Fixed an issue where Trip Finder Assist was not appearing when it should.
- Fixed an issue that resulted in travel recommendations not appearing where they should.
- Fixed an issue where the Define card would sometimes not disappear when it should.
- Fixed an issue that prevented some banners from interacting or closing the UI.
- Fixed an issue where the link to try the HTTP version of a web page on the error page that appears when the HTTPS version of the page is not available does not actually try to navigate to the version HTTP from the website.
- Fixed an issue where PDF titles as they appear in the browser tab are garbled.
- Fixed an issue where pinned websites sometimes become unpinned after updating the browser.
- Fixed an issue on older versions of Windows where browser installation fails.
- Fixed an issue where free text annotation on PDFs did not work on page edges.
- Fixed an issue where download notifications were sometimes not displayed in pop-up windows.
- Fixed an issue where Jumplist actions were missing in PWAs or websites installed as apps on Windows 11.
- Fixed an issue where InPrivate sometimes could not be used.
- Fixed an issue where the login screen would get stuck when logging into the browser.
- Fixed an issue on Android where menus would sometimes not work when another app is split screen with the browser.
- Fixed an issue where passwords cannot be changed or deleted because nothing on the Password Settings page is not working.
- Fixed an issue where rewards were not working.
- Fixed an issue where the button to enter the Immersive Player was sometimes not visible when it should be.
- Deprecates the management policy to control whether Internet Explorer integration testing is allowed.
Finally, there are a bunch of known issues that users should be aware of, which the company always includes in these release notes. Here is the full list:
- 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 details.
- Some users still come across an issue where all tabs and extensions crash immediately with STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security software or anti-virus software from vendors like Symantec, and in these cases updating this software will fix it.
- Sometimes Kaspersky Internet Suite users who have installed the associated extension may see web pages such as Gmail not loading. This failure is due to the fact that the main Kaspersky software is outdated and therefore is corrected by ensuring that the latest version is installed.
- Some users are still seeing bookmarks duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced in Insider channels, but we are still deploying it in Stable. We have also seen duplications occur when running Manual Deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully synchronize its changes. So be sure to leave enough time between runs of the deduplicator.
- Some users experience “jitter” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touch screens, where scrolling in one dimension also results in subtle page scrolling in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and appears to be worse on some devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy behavior, so if this behavior is unwanted you can temporarily disable it by disabling the edge flag: // flags / # edge -experimental-scrolling.
As is always the case with these versions, they are released on a phased basis. While not all users see the update displayed, it should be released to all Dev Channel users as soon as possible. In addition, with the release of today’s version, the Dev and Canary versions are now on the same version.