As the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic is redefining the e-commerce business, Microsoft Edge, its chromium-based web browser is adding more teeth to its e-commerce business by getting two new features.
As a major update scheduled later this month, the first one is a price comparison tool that will allow anyone to add a product to a Collection and then click a single button to see how much that item costs at other online retailers.
Initially, the tool will only work with stores in the US, but Microsoft said it plans to make it more proactive in the future and add options for anyone to, one can add a price comparison tool to Edge through downloadable extensions from the Microsoft and Chrome Web stores.
Therefore, it is like a bonus although not a new functionality per se.
The second new feature in the pipeline by the end of the month is a tool for taking a screenshot of an entire webpage.
If one owns an Android phone like an OnePlus 8 Pro, chances are you already have a good idea of how this tool will work. By clicking on the relevant menu option, Edge will automatically scroll down the page so one can capture what is needed.
Tom Warren of The Verge’s says a future release of Edge will allow a person to mark up any screenshots taken with this feature using the stylus.
Additionally, Microsoft is loading more enhancements which include the ability to customize new tab pages with one’s own photos. Pinterest users will be thrilled to know that they’ll soon have the ability to export any websites, images, and text they’ve saved to an Edge Collections to boards on Pinterest.
Speaking of Collections, Microsoft said it’s working on letting users export them to email. It also hopes to roll out tab and history syncing sometime later by the fall season.
If a person is not already using Edge as its daily web browser, the enhancements Microsoft announced today probably won’t get one to switch. But frequent users will likely appreciate the changes. And there are more Edge users than one might think.
In April, Edge succeeded Firefox to become the second most popular desktop web browser.