Updating Browsers Quickly: Flags, Respins, and Components

By this point, most browser enthusiasts know that Chrome has a rapid release cycle, releasing a new stable version of the browser approximately every six weeks (2022 Update: now every four weeks). The Edge team adopted that rapid release cadence for our new browser, and we’re already releasing new Edge Dev Channel builds every week.Continue reading “Updating Browsers Quickly: Flags, Respins, and Components”

Edge79+ vs. Edge18 (Edge Legacy) vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer

Note: I expect to update this post over time. Last update: May 11, 2022. Compatibility Deltas As our new Edge Insider builds roll out to the public, we’re starting to triage reports of compatibility issues where Edge79+ (the new Chromium-based Edge, aka Anaheim) behaves differently than the old Edge (Edge18, aka Spartan, aka Edge Legacy)Continue reading “Edge79+ vs. Edge18 (Edge Legacy) vs. Chrome vs. Internet Explorer”

Demystifying ClickOnce

As we rebuild Microsoft Edge atop the Chromium open-source platform, we are working through various scenarios that behave differently in the new browser. In most cases, such scenarios also worked differently between 2018’s Edge Legacy (aka “Spartan”) and Chrome, but users either weren’t aware of the difference (because they used Trident-derived browsers inside their enterprise)Continue reading “Demystifying ClickOnce”

Streaming Audio in Edge

This issue report complains that Edge doesn’t stream AAC files and instead tries to download them. It notes that, in contrast, URLs that point to MP3s result in a simple audio player loading inside the browser. Edge has always supported AAC so what’s going on? The issue here isn’t about AAC, per-se; it’s instead about whether or notContinue reading “Streaming Audio in Edge”

Cookie Controls, Revisited

Update: The October 2018 Cumulative Security Update (KB4462919) brings the RS5 Cookie Control changes described below to Windows 10 RS2, RS3, and RS4. Note: Most of the content about “Edge” in this post describes Edge Legacy– modern Edge is based on Chromium and behaves mostly like Chrome. Cookies are one of the most crucial features inContinue reading “Cookie Controls, Revisited”

Cookies and Concurrency, Redux

In yesterday’s episode, I shared the root cause of a bug that can cause document.cookie to incorrectly return an empty string if the cookie is over 1kb and the cookie grows in the middle of a DOM document.cookie getter operation. Unfortunately, that simple bug wasn’t the root cause of the compatibility problem that I wasContinue reading “Cookies and Concurrency, Redux”

Script-Generated Download Files

As we finish up the next release of Windows 10, my team is hard at work triaging incoming bugs. Here’s a pattern that has come up a few times this month: Bug: I click download in Edge Legacy: …but I end up on an error page: Womp womp. If you watch the network traffic, you’llContinue reading “Script-Generated Download Files”

Developer Advocacy

The Microsoft Edge (nee Internet Explorer) team held one of their “#AskMSEdge chats” on Twitter yesterday. After watching the stream, @MarkXA neatly summarized the chat: The folks over on WindowsCentral built out a larger summary of the tidbits of news that did get answered on the chat, some of which were just pointers to theirContinue reading “Developer Advocacy”