One of the standout features of the legacy version of Microsoft Edge was its ability to quickly annotate on the screenshot of a webpage right from the web browser.
It was also one of the options that was lost in transition with the move to the Chromium version.
To make up for it, Microsoft has been working on the possibility of annotate on PDFs using a digital stylus. But it appears that the software titan is also testing a Web Capture feature at the same time, at least for users running the Canary version of Edge.
A/B testing, of course.
The folks over at Aggiornamenti Lumia got the feature to work and posted a short video:
Microsoft Edge – Web Capture pic.twitter.com/yEtWJq9cMe
— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) September 1, 2020
As can be seen, the Web Capture option sits in the ellipsis menu, and features a pen as an icon. This could be a hint that Redmond could add annotation capabilities in the future. For now, though, the tool lets you select a section of a webpage and then do a range of things with it.
These include copying it to the clipboard, previewing and saving the image, or sharing it.
Presumably, Microsoft is waiting to add support for drawing and annotating on the screenshot before making this new option more widely available for testing. Windows 10 does include an option to annotate on screenshots directly via the Snip & Sketch app.
In any case, considering the fact that this new feature is being tested in limited capacity in Edge Canary, it might be a while before it makes it to the other higher branches.
That is, if it does ever see the light of the day.