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.
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.
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?Advertisement
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