Microsoft Edge 102 released for Windows and macOS – what’s new and fixed?

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Microsoft Edge 102 is now available for download on Windows and macOS, but it doesn’t include many new features. The official release notes even state that the update is all about security fixes and new policies for administrators, but there is at least one new addition.

The reason for this is that Microsoft has moved to a four-week release cycle like Google Chrome. Previously, Microsoft released major updates every six weeks, but that changed after the release of Edge 94.

A four-week release cycle allows for faster feature updates for users, but has its own drawbacks, including fewer new features in updates than before. For example, Microsoft Edge 102 doesn’t come with major changes, but there are minor improvements to Chromium.

What’s New in Microsoft Edge 102

Edge 102 is built on top of Chromium 102 and ships with the following new Group Policy:

  • AllHttpAuthSchemesAllowedForOrigins – You can configure this Microsoft Edge to generate a list of origins that allow all HTTP authentication.
  • OutlookHubMenuEnabled – This group policy allows you to enable or disable access to the Outlook menu
  • NetworkServiceSandboxEnabled – A new group policy to enable or disable the network service sandbox in the browser.
  • UserAgentClientHintsGREASEUpdateEnabled – As the name suggests, this policy gives you control over the GREASE Update feature of User-Agent Client Hints.

According to the roadmap, Microsoft Edge 102 will enable PDF support for JavaScript and XML Forms Architecture (XFA) based forms.

“Added support for JavaScript and XML Forms Architecture (XFA) based forms for PDFs viewed in Microsoft Edge,” Microsoft noted.

We also noticed that Microsoft has enabled a new feature that allows you to quickly perform a reverse search.

Microsoft Edge reverse search

As you can see in the screenshot below, you can hover over images and click the ‘camera’-like icon to reverse search the media on Bing. If you don’t like the reverse image search integration, you can click the three dots and hide it from selected sites or disable it completely.

New features coming to Microsoft Edge soon

While Edge 102 is clearly a disappointment if you were expecting new features, the next update could come with a few new additions.

According to Edge Canary builds, Microsoft is working on a OneDrive-based file and note-sharing tool called “Notes” for the browser. With Edge Notes, you can share your files across all of your devices that have Edge installed. Additionally, Edge also gets smaller context menus and a built-in VPN-like feature powered by Cloudflare.

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