The application of “voice search” is slowly becoming an important part of Windows 10. According to recent reports, Microsoft will also bring this voice search feature to the Microsoft Edge. This feature appears as a new “voice search” option in Edge’s context menu. When the user right-clicks, the option appears both on the home page (new tab page) and Bing, as well as on each address bar.
In terms of functions, the voice search of Microsoft Edge is quite straightforward. Click this option to open Windows dictation, and users can close it by tapping anywhere on the screen or using the ESC keyboard shortcut.
“Start…” appears on the Windows dictation interface first. Once Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 detect audio, “Listen…” appears. Upon completion, Windows will send the query to Edge and the Bing search results will appear.
Currently, voice search is only available to Microsoft Edge users on the Canary channel and will be released to everyone later this year. The voice search option cannot be removed from the context menu because Microsoft currently does not allow users to customize the menu.
As we can see from the image above, Microsoft is also testing the voice search option of the new tab page, and it is based on the same method.
Microsoft Edge also blocks automatic playback of video
Microsoft Edge will also get a new feature that automatically prevents automatic playback of video content. These auto-playing videos usually consume more data and power. This setting to automatically disable auto-playing videos is a welcome improvement. Furthermore, it also has a new mini context menu and a new download manager. Users can access these features from the toolbar. With the new download manager, users can start, pause, resume and stop downloads directly from the toolbar.
Microsoft Edge now supports history and open tabs syncing
After months of waiting, Microsoft is finally rolling out the tab and history sync feature to users of the non-experimental stable version of the Edge browser.
Up to this point, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser has synchronized passwords and bookmarks, and also allowed open websites to be sent from a mobile device to a computer. However, the new Microsoft Edge lacked features as familiar to Chrome users as syncing history and tabs. In December, they began testing the synchronization of history and tabs in the beta version of the browser.
The change is on the server-side, so users don’t need to take any action to get the new feature. The function must be active on all devices where synchronization is necessary. The new settings are available for both Windows computers and mobile devices.