Microsoft Edge 104 is high on sidebars

August 22, 2022

Sidebars used to be all the rage in the first browser wars back in the 90s. With Microsoft so in love with that decade, it comes as no surprise that the company has brought this feature back.

The latest released of its web browser in the Stable channel is packed full with the new Sidebar feature.

In fact, you get the ability to access Outlook, Office, and much more right from these panels. A case can be made that not everyone is keen on additions like this — and the browser is being criticized for bloat that Microsoft has been added in lately — but they are here.

To get them, you will have to look for version 104.0.1293.63 and deploy it on your system.

But be aware that these new additions are part of a feature that is currently on a controller rollout. That is to say that you may not immediately find it upon updating. You can, however, find all the feature updates and how to enable them in the changelog that Microsoft has put together.

The changelog can be accessed here.

Anyway, the big idea behind the newly developed sidebar is to include convenient shortcuts for users for common browser features, including search. It is not exactly a new idea, as similar features have been available in other web browsers for quite some time.

Both Vivaldi and Opera have been offering sidebars for ages now.

As Microsoft notes:

“The Microsoft Edge sidebar lets users access Microsoft Edge features side-by-side with their browsing window. Available features include Discover, Bing search, Outlook, Office, Games, and Tools such as a unit converter and Internet speed test.”

As expected, both Outlook and Microsoft Office apps are key components of the new sidebar experience. And if you are someone that users these programs and services regularly, then you will appreciate this new addition the most.

Aside from the new sidebar feature, this particular build of Edge 104 brings along a security fix for a vulnerability noted above.

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Fahad Ali is a professional freelancer, specializing in technology, web design and development and enterprise applications. He is the primary contributor to this website. When he is not typing away on his keyboard, he is relaxing to some soft jazz.

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