Microsoft launches the new Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store officially

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 17, 2020
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Extensions and Microsoft Edge; that has not been a very successful endeavor in the past as the overall extension count was very low when compared to the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox extensions store.

The launch of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser promised to change that thanks to it using the same core as Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers. One benefit of the change is that users can install Google Chrome extensions in Microsoft Edge without any issues, another that it is easier for developers to port their extensions to make them an official Edge extension.

The company started to work on a new add-ons store for the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser and launched it in beta some time ago. The store got some traction in early 2020 when the extension count crossed the thousand extensions mark.

Microsoft announced the official launch of the new Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store today on the Tech Community website. The redesigned store is now available to all users and Microsoft hopes that it will make it easy for users to discover and find extensions.

Edge users and those interested in browsing the available extensions may point the web browser of their choice to this address.

microsoft edge add-ons store

The Store is still labeled beta and you may notice that the selected language may not be used across the entire site. I opened the English version of the Store but some menu entries were still in German.

Extensions are still available in the Microsoft Store but users are reminded that the store only lists extensions for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. With legacy Edge on its way out, it is likely that the category will be removed eventually from the Microsoft Store.

The store uses a two column layout or a one column layout based on the screen width. The two column layout lists the search field, main entry points and categories in a sidebar, and recommendations as well as categories and trending extensions in the main column.

A click on an extension link opens its profile page and a click on "get" starts the installation process if Edge is used. One difference to other extension stores is that you won't find any images or videos listed on an extension's profile page.

Other elements that are missing are website or author links, options to check out a developer's other extensions, or to check the release history.

The selection of extensions covers what the majority of users requires. You find plenty content blockers, shopping extensions, password managers, or search tools listed in the Store.

Note: you find themes under Photos for the most part; there is no special themes category.

Closing Words

The new Store, independent from Microsoft Store, has more to offer than the old already. Edge users may install extensions from the Store or head over to the Chrome Web Store to download extensions from there.

Now you: what is your take on what is offered as an extension for Edge?

Microsoft launches the new Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store officially
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Microsoft launches the new Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store officially
Microsoft announced the official launch of the new Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store today on the Tech Community website. The redesigned store is now available to all users and Microsoft hopes that it will make it easy for users to discover and find extensions.
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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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