Back in July Microsoft has made Windows 10 available for PC and tablet. Since then a lot has changed, the first major update has been rolled out for everyone and it seems like the company is eagerly working on the next major update already.
On the 16th of December, the company has released a new build for desktops and tablets once again, Windows 10 build 11082, and with it the first bit of the next major update for Windows 10. This update is generally known under the codename “Redstone” and while there is no confirmed release date for it yet, Insiders can get a first glimpse at it now. Well at least theoretically, the build number is indicating the kick-off for Redstone, however there is not much to see just yet. Focus with this build was on bringing more stability to the operating system and fixing some bugs.
Not everything that’s going to be included in Redstone has been revealed yet, but one thing is for sure, Microsoft Edge will support extensions once the update has been released to the public. Although, the latest build doesn’t include any new features at all, if you are looking close enough you will be able to see first tracks of Redstone.
Last week, an official website from Microsoft mistakenly went online, promoting extensions for Edge. The website has been taken offline immediately, but some extensions have been available for download. Thanks to the Twitter user WalkingCat, who inspected the source code of these extensions, we now know that these extensions can be ported to Microsoft’s browser from Google Chrome very easily with a few minor changes to the code.
WalkingCat also had a look at the Windows 10 build 11082, which has been released yesterday and he has found a registry entry that indicates extensions for Microsoft Edge aren’t that far away anymore. Since someone who is looking into the source code of browser extensions isn’t stopping at registry entries, he has even made it possible to display extensions settings in Microsoft Edge.
well, got this Extensions pane show up with some dirty hack, still broken pic.twitter.com/H8Kvaubt40
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) December 17, 2015
Unfortunately, also if you would have been fast enough to download browser extensions for Microsoft Edge you wouldn’t be able to use them. Extensions settings can be displayed in the browser already with the new build, but that’s it, the new feature is not usable for now.
This build is currently available for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, head over to the known issues to help decide whether you should install this build or not.