Microsoft Edge 83 with Extension Sync and other improvements launches

Martin Brinkmann
May 22, 2020
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Microsoft released a new stable version of the company's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. Microsoft Edge 83 is being rolled out gradually to all systems it is installed on. The company changed the way Edge updates are pushed out with this release by switching to a gradual rollout. Means: it may take several days before the new version of Edge is offered on a particular device.

Users who don't want to wait this long can check out our guide on updating Edge manually to get updates right away.

Tip: you can check the version of the browser by loading edge://settings/help in the browser's address bar.

Microsoft Edge 83

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Microsoft Edge 83 Stable is a big update that includes new features and improvements across the board. Microsoft integrated one of the most requested features in Edge 83. It is now possible to sync extensions across all devices Edge is installed on.

If sync is enabled, Edge will sync Microsoft Store and Chrome Store extensions across all devices the browser is installed on.

microsoft edge extensions sync

You can check out the sync settings directly by loading edge://settings/profiles/sync in the browser's address bar. There you may turn sync on or off, and customize synchronization. The new Extensions sync option is listed once the browser is updated to version 83. Just toggle it on or off like the other options.

History and open tabs syncing is still not available in Edge 83 on the other hand and Microsoft promises that it is coming soon.

Cookie management has been improved in the new version of Edge as well. It is now possible to exclude certain cookies from being deleted when Edge is configured to clear the browsing data on exit automatically.

Just visit edge://settings/clearBrowsingDataOnClose in the browser's address bar to configure Edge to delete certain browsing data on close. You find the new exemption option when you enable the deletion of cookies and other site data.

microsoft edge clear cookies

Select add and type the name of a site that you want to exclude from the deletion; this is useful if you want to preserve cookies, e.g. to avoid being logged out whenever Microsoft Edge is closed.

Here is the list of additional improvements and changes in Edge 83

  • Improved Microsoft Defender SmartScreen -- improved malicious site protection that redirect when a site is loaded, added top-level frame blocking to prevent audio and other media from playing on malicious sites.
  • Automatic profile switching -- Edge supports profiles and it is now possible to switch between profiles automatically, e.g. when accessing a site that requires work or school account authentication while a personal profile is used. Edge detects this and prompts to switch automatically to open the site in question in the work/school profile.
  • Collection enhancements -- It is now possible to add all open tabs to a new collection by right-clicking on any tab and selecting "Add all tabs to a new collection". Also new is an option to drag & drop a site to a collection without opening the collection, and to drag a selection of sites to add them in one operation.
  • Immersive Reader improvements -- Support for adverbs in the Parts of Speech experience, and option to select any content on a webpage to open it in Immersive Reader.
  • Set Microsoft Edge as default browser from Settings.
  • Option for users to save decision to launch an external protocol for a specific site.
  • Microsoft Cloud Access Security warn scenario is now available.
  • Link Doctor host corrections launches to address mistypes.
  • Disallow synchronous XmlHttpRequest in page dismissal.
  • Dev Tools updates
    • Remote debugging on Windows 10 devices.
    • New and improved infobars.
    • Color Picker can be navigated using the keyboard.
    • Emulator vision deficiencies now available under Rendering.
    • Emulate locales option.
    • Cross-Origin Opener Policy (COOP) and Cross-Origin Embedder Policy (COEP) debugging
    • Lighthouse panel replaces Audits panel.
    • Delete all local overrides in a folder.
    • and more
  • 15 new policies

Now You: Have you tried the new Edge browser recently? What is your impression of it?


Microsoft Edge 83 with Extension Sync and other improvements launches
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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