18 December 2019 06:51
Microsoft unloaded some festive cheer on the last remaining Windows Phone user by apparently extending the life of the doomed platform for another few weeks. Microsoft has updated the Dev channel of the new Edge browser to version 80.0.361.5. The update, the last of the year and the last on the 80 branch of Chromium bring a number of improvements including support for ARM64, which has been tested in the Canary ring, and which should mean a much-improved browser experience on devices such as the Surface Pro X. Microsoft also says for users of high contrast themes in Windows, Edge now supports high contrast themes as well. Fixed an issue where clicking on the Feedback button crashes the browser.
Fixed a browser crash for users of Collections. Fixed an issue where certain websites don't load properly. Fixed an issue where Netflix playback fails for certain videos with error D7381. Fixed an issue where PDFs that fail to save for some reason end up failing silently instead of showing an error to the user. Fixed an issue where the font dropdown in Settings doesn't work.
Fixed an issue where adding an item to a Collection sometimes doesn't load the image properly and instead shows the loading spinner forever. Fixed an issue where dragging and dropping an image into a Collection sometimes results in the wrong link being saved. Fixed an issue where feedback screenshots sometimes don't work properly on Mac. Fixed an issue where the keyboard shortcut for saving a PDF doesn't work on Mac. Fixed an issue where desktop notifications are broken on Windows Insider builds. Fixed an issue where Edge sometimes fails to automatically update on Windows Insider builds. Fixed an issue where uninstalling and reinstalling Edge sometimes results in it no longer being able to launch on Windows Insider builds. After an initial fix for it recently, some users are still experiencing Edge windows becoming all black. UI popups like menus are not affected, and opening the Browser Task Manager (keyboard shortcut is shift+esc) and killing the GPU process fixes it. There are some issues where users with multiple audio output devices sometimes don't get any sound from Edge. We believe this is due to the shortcut on the Start Menu not getting migrated properly after an Edge update and are working on a fix. Other places like the Task Bar may be able to be fixed by un-pinning and then re-pinning any Edge shortcuts that already exist there. Microsoft plans to roll out Edge via a Windows Update on January 15. If you know that you aren't going to use Edge at all when Microsoft auto-installs it onto your system, you can block Windows Update from doing that. If you'd rather just skip right to that, then type "EdgeChromium_Blocker.cmd /b" to prevent Windows Update from installing Edge on your system, and use the "/u" flag if you want to reverse course. It's important to note that this doesn't prevent you from installing Microsoft Edge if you want to play around with it. This only keeps Microsoft from installing it for you via Windows Update. You can still run Windows Update as normal to get all your latest system fixes and driver updates, you just won't get Edge in January if you've set the flag to block the installation. If you're already a big Edge user—the regular browser, not the newer Chromium-based version—it's worth knowing what's going to happen when this new update replaces your current browser in January. All start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the next version of Microsoft Edge. All taskbar pins and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the next version of Microsoft Edge. The next version of Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar. If the current version of Microsoft Edge is already pinned, it will be replaced. The next version of Microsoft Edge will add a shortcut to the desktop. If the current version of Microsoft Edge already has a shortcut, it will be replaced. Current Microsoft Edge will be hidden from all UX surfaces in the OS, including settings, all apps, and any file or protocol support dialogs. If you really, really want to keep using the old and new versions of Microsoft Edge, you can do that, too, with a little advanced planning.