In the framework of the annual Build developer conference in 2019, Microsoft outlined plans to develop their products for the coming year. Also during the event, new features of the updated Microsoft Edge based on Chromium were presented and the opening of the source code for a number of Microsoft products was announced. Redmond Corporation intends to focus more efforts on ensuring privacy in branded services.
Edge based-on Chromium will include IE Mode, a mode that allows you to launch Internet Explorer directly from the Microsoft Edge tab. This allows you to use applications created on the basis of Internet Explorer in a modern browser. When you open the appropriate program, this mode will automatically start, as the user will be able to learn from the Internet Explorer icon in the address bar.
The second important innovation will be "Collections". This feature allows you to collect and structure content while surfing the web by simply dragging and dropping it into a special window. The collected material can be shared or exported to the appropriate office Suite application for further work with it.
The third innovation of Edge based on Chromium will be Privacy Tools — a tool that allows you to configure one of three levels of privacy in your browser: unlimited, balanced and strict. Depending on the level you choose, Microsoft Edge will control how third parties see your online activities. The company warns that when choosing a strict level, some sites may not be displayed correctly.
Microsoft has also announced the release of an updated edge browser for MacOS computers. Release date, as well as the release date of all of the above innovations, has not yet been reported.
Another important announcement of Build 2019 was the discovery by Microsoft of the source code of compilers and simulators in the Q# programming language designed for quantum computers. This should contribute to the development of the Q# developer community and make quantum computing more accessible.
More news from Build 2019 can be found on the official Microsoft website.