Edge 94 Dev preview release, PWA and UI controls introduce new features

For Dev channel users, today Microsoft released a major Edge 94 preview update, which is the first major version in a four-week development cycle. The Build 94.0.992.1 update released today also brings some new features for PWA and UI controls, as well as some new WebView2 APIs for browsers. Edge 94 is also included in the company’s extended stability release plan, which extends the development cycle to 8 weeks instead of the standard 4 weeks.

It brings the following new features:

  • Added support for the Downloads popup in PWAs and websites installed as apps.
  • Added a setting to control if Microsoft Rewards points are shown on the browser’s profile UI.
  • Added the ability to open local HTML files on iOS.
  • Added an API to WebView2 for launching the Browser Task Manager.
  • Added an API to WebView2 to listen for browser exits.
  • Added a management policy to control if the setting for Web RTC to Respect the OS Routing Table is Enabled.  Note that updates to administrative templates or documentation may not be live yet.
  • Re-added URL suggestions to error pages that result from mistyped web addresses.

Improved reliability:

  • Fixed an issue where certain antivirus products prevent the browser from opening.
  • Fixed a crash that happens when popups open or close.
  • Fixed a crash when interacting with tabs.
  • Fixed a crash when navigating to a website.
  • Fixed a crash on launch.
  • Fixed an issue where Guided Switch crashes the browser.
  • Fixed a crash when saving autofill data from a popup that offered to save it.
  • Fixed a crash on certain iPhones.

Changed behavior:

  • Fixed an issue where the browser sometimes shows a profile error upon startup and duplicates profiles in the profile picker.
  • Fixed an issue on Windows 11 where windows are sometimes blank or white.
  • Fixed an issue where searching Settings causes it to go blank.
  • Fixed an issue where searching in Settings sometimes doesn’t return any results when it should.
  • Fixed an issue where Collections sometimes can’t be opened because the entry is grayed out.
  • Fixed an issue where the current page sometimes can’t be added to a Collection.
  • Fixed an issue where the page size is blank in Print Preview.
  • Fixed an issue where the tab audio indicator sometimes doesn’t appear when it should.
  • Fixed an issue where tooltips like the URL preview sometimes appear in incorrect places.
  • Fixed an issue where Efficiency Mode doesn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where spellcheck sometimes gets unexpectedly disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where spellcheck sometimes can’t be enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where passwords imported from other browsers sometimes don’t sync.
  • Fixed an issue on mobile where signing back in to verify a browser account when prompted to sometimes results in an error message that it doesn’t meet the criteria to access the resource.
  • Fixed an issue on mobile where certain websites can’t be logged into.
  • Fixed an issue on mobile where certain sites can’t be viewed in desktop mode.
  • Fixed an issue on mobile where navigations are sometimes inordinately slow.
  • Fixed an issue where the mouse sometimes becomes invisible in IE mode tabs.
  • Fixed an issue where WebView2 applications sometimes show an ERR_SSL_CLIENT_AUTH_CERT_NEEDED error after updating.
  • Fixed an issue in WebView2 where SetVirtualHostNameToFolderMapping doesn’t apply to child windows opened from the WebView2 application.
  • Fixed an issue in WebView2 where a “not working” dialog sometimes appears.

Known issues:

  • Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube.  As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed.  See this help article for more details.
  • Some users are still running into an 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 like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it.
  • Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load.  This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed.
  • Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated.  This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable.  We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator.
  • Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other.  Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices.  This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag.

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