Microsoft Enhances Edge, Bash in Latest Windows 10 Build
Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider early access program can now test the new Windows Store-powered Edge extension model and expanded Bash functionality ahead of this summer's highly anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
A new preview build released this week (number 14342) includes a new method for installing Edge browser extensions. When Edge, Internet Explorer's successor, shipped alongside Windows 10 last summer, add-on support was conspicuously lacking.
In March, Microsoft announced the first batch of Edge browser extensions, including Microsoft Translator, Mouse Gestures and Reddit Enhancement Suite. At the time, the company said that future extensions would be made available in the Windows Store app marketplace, a move that the company claims will simplify the extension discovery and installation process as well as improve security.
Now, Insiders can take the Windows Store-powered experience for a spin, although it will require them to reinstall any previously loaded plug-ins, Gabe Aul, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Windows and Devices Engineering Systems group, wrote in a blog post. When they scan the app shop's listings, users will notice two new additions: AdBlock and Adblock Plus. To avoid problems, Microsoft advises users to install one or the other, but not both.
Edge browser plug-ins are now available in the Windows Store and Microsoft issues a new batch of fixes for the new Bash command line tool.
As is often the case with preview software, users may run into issues. Microsoft cautions that Windows 10 build 14342 contains a bug that causes Edge to freeze if users turn off all of their browser extensions without uninstalling them, requiring them to kill the corresponding process in the Windows Task Manager.