Users of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will soon be able to tame web notifications even better than before. Microsoft plans to introduce a feature in the stable version of the browser soon that allows Edge users to turn on quiet notification requests in order to prevent notification requests.
All browsers support notifications and sites have started to make use of the feature more. What started as a way for sites to inform users about news, changes or topics of interest turned into a highly abused feature to spam users with notification requests and to use notifications for advertising or even malicious purposes.
Some web browsers support options to disable notifications altogether; Firefox users may disable notification requests completely in the browser's settings and the same is true for browsers such as Brave, Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) users can turn off notification requests under edge://settings/content/notifications in the browser already. Microsoft plans to introduce a new option to tames notification requests without turning off the feature entirely.
Quiet Notification Requests is currently available in preview versions of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. You configure the option on the settings page for Notifications (the same page that you use to turn off notifications entirely). Just toggle the "Quiet Notification Requests" option there to turn the feature on or off.
Notification prompts are suppressed by the web browser when you turn on the feature. Edge displays a Notifications Blocked message in the address bar for a short moment before it is changed into an icon that users may interact with.
A click on the icon displays options to allow notifications for that particular site, and to manage notifications in the browser. Manage opens the notification settings in Edge; besides enabling or disabling the blocking of all notifications or the quiet notifications feature, it is also the place to add sites to the whitelist or blacklist. Whitelisting makes sense if you want notifications from a particular site, blacklisting only if you allow all notifications but want to disable them for a particular site.
Edge users who want more control could configure the browser to disallow all notifications and enable them for specific sites only if the need arises.
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