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Microsoft officially confirms that Edge will not get extensions support until 2016

Microsoft officially confirms that Edge will not get extensions support until 2016

by AshwinOctober 23, 2015

Windows 10 is doing incredibly well, and now has over 100 Million users across the World.

Microsoft Edge Extensions

And with such a huge number of users, one would expect that the new browser the operating system comes with, Microsoft Edge, would have a similar user count.

Well, that’s not true, in fct the true number is not even close. So, why is this happening? Is Microsoft Edge not a good browser? It has a ton of features which aren’t even present in rival browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

What exactly has gone wrong? The blame lies on none other than Microsoft itself. The Redmond Company, unveiled the browser as “Project Spartan” in January this year, before the app made ts debut a few months later. What was touted as the replacement for Internet Explorer is no doubt true, Microsoft Edge is lightweight and speedy.

The problem lies with the fact that Edge does not support one major feature, which its rivals do, browser extensions. Microsoft had in fact advertised that Edge will support Extensions, but it never gave us a clear explanation as to when the much loved feature would arrive. All that was known was that the extensions would be similar to Google Chrome’s and would be based on HTML5 and Javascript.

It was originally believed that Extensions support for Edge, would come bundled in the Windows 10 RTM Build 10240, but that didn’t happen. And then there was the rumour that Extensions for Edge would arrive in the first major update for Windows 10, which is scheduled to arrive sometime in the next couple of months.

This is where things to turn for the worse. Recently I came across some rumours that Microsoft will not be adding support for Extensions in Edge this year. And unfortunately this was no rumour, as the Redmond Company has in fact confirmed to Ars Technica of the same.

This is what a Microsoft representative told them:

We’re committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority. We’re actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016.

Microsoft still has not given a proper ETA as to when Extensions will finally arrive. And eword is that the Redmond Company is preparing to release a November Update for Windows 10, with performance fixes and the changes from Windows 10 Build 10565 added to the RTM Build.