Microsoft Edge is a very capable web browser that offers users added and innovative forms of utility over other web browsers. In fact, Microsoft is constantly trying to build new features in attempts to steal away users from Google Chrome. Today, a new feature, which we covered a few weeks ago has gone live, and you can now access the Microsoft Edge sidebar when using the browser. Here is what you need to know.
We first brought you news of the Microsoft Edge Sidebar, which gives users the chance to use other Windows tools from within the browser, back in June. Microsoft has now released a blog post including official details about the launch of the sidebar.
The sidebar plays well on integrating some key Windows features into the Microsoft browser. Microsoft describes the feature as such:
“The new sidebar in Microsoft Edge lets you access tools and features side-by-side within your browser, even as you navigate between tabs. From being able to search specifically within the page you’re viewing, to using tools to do quick math without opening another tab, we’ve found a way to help you be more productive without losing your place as you browse.”
The tools that will sit inside the sidebar include search, Discover, Outlook, Office, and even tools like the clock, dictionary, calculator, converter, and even an internet speed test. These will all sit in a super slim sidebar on the right-hand side of the browser, which will open up when one of them is selected.
As to whether this added utility will help Edge steal away some Google Chrome users remains to be seen. There is certainly enough here, however, to help carve out a bit of a unique offering for the browser that could see it gain some ground. We will have to wait and see.