Microsoft Edge 86: here is what is new

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 11, 2020
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Microsoft released a new stable version of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on October 9, 2020. Microsoft Edge 86 introduces a rollback feature to go back to previous versions of Edge, Enterprise sync functionality, profile switching in Edge on Windows 7 and 8.1 devices, PDF improvements, and more.

Microsoft Edge 86 is already available and should be installed automatically on most systems. You can check the installed version on the edge://settings/help page; Edge will run a manual check for updates when the page is opened so that the latest version will be installed automatically if it is not installed already.

New users can download the latest stable Edge version from Microsoft's website.

microsoft edge 86

The main changes in Microsoft Edge 86 Stable:

  • Implementation of SameSite=Lax default for cookies so that cookies are only sent in a first-party context. Webmasters may override the default on their sites, and Enterprise administrators may use policies to opt-out across a list of domains or globally.
  • HTML5 Application Cache API is removed.
  • PDF improvements:
    • support for displaying the table of contents of PDF documents.
    • Microsoft Edge PDF reader works on small form factors screens.
    • Highlighter supports pens.
    • Improved PDF scrolling
  • Auto-complete suggestions are displayed on the Microsoft Edge Add-ons website when users start to type.
  • Developer Tools keyboard shortcuts can be customized now.
  • Users may delete files downloaded using Edge from the download manager (instead of just removing the downloads history entry but keeping the file on the system).
  • Password leak checks and alerts.
  • Secure DNS support for unmanaged devices.

Enterprise related changes:

  • Sync can be enabled by default across Enterprie networks by administrators (for Azure Active Directory accounts).
  • Starting with Microsoft Edge 86, administrators may use the new roll back functionality to go back to a previous stable version of Edge. Microsoft has a help page up that explains how rollbacks work.
  • Automatic Profile Switching on Windows 7 and 8.1 devices. Profiles separate some data, e.g. bookmarks to keep the browsing separate. Automatic profile switching detects work sites automatically and Edge will suggest to use the work profile to access the site.
  • Internet Explorer mode can now be added to the user interface of Edge by administrators.
  • Option to add a custom image to Edge's New Tab Page using the group policy.
  • Microsoft introduced a number of new policies, e.g. to control the new File System API, DiagnosticData configuration, Sensor support policies, or a policy for enabling warnings for insecure forms.

The full changelog is available here.

Closing Words

Microsoft Edge 86 introduces new features for all users and Enterprise/Education users. All users benefit from PDF reader improvements, improved privacy and security options, and the ability to delete download files from within Edge.

Microsoft Edge 86: here is what is new
Article Name
Microsoft Edge 86: here is what is new
Microsoft released a new stable version of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on October 9, 2020. Microsoft Edge 86 introduces new features for home and Enterprise/Education users.
Ghacks Technology News

Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  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.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.