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Microsoft Edge 90 outs with Kids Mode and Password Monitor

Microsoft Edge 90 ships out with Kids Mode, Password Monitor, history search improvements, and various other tweaks.

Kids Mode for Edge

Microsoft has released version 90 for its Edge browser for Windows 10. And it is a significant milestone because it is the first rollout that aligns with the release of Chrome version 90 and introduces a bunch of new features, including Kids Mode, Password Manager, and an improved history search experience.

Microsoft Edge Kids Mode

The Kids Mode is a new experience that offers a safer browsing experience for young people. The feature allows parents to create a Microsoft Edge profile with special settings depending on their age range that only allows browsing suitable pages and blocks inappropriate content.

Microsoft Edge Kids Mode
Microsoft Edge Kids Mode

The profile comes with a predefined list of websites, but you can always manage the list to add or remove sites as needed from the Family settings page (edge://settings/family).

Once the mode is enabled, the Edge profile will start in full-screen mode to prevent the user from accessing your computer, and there’s an option to set a custom kids-friendly background for the new tab. And to exit the mode, the account password has to be provided.

The setup is straightforward. You only need to click the profile menu from the top-right corner and select the Browse in Kids Mode option, click the Get started button, select the age range, and that’s it.

Password Monitor

Microsoft introduced Password Monitor several months ago, and it is now available for everyone starting version 90. The feature is part of the Passwords settings (edge://settings/passwords), and it keeps monitoring your saved passwords. If one of them leaks in a data breach, you will receive an alert to change it to prevent hackers from eventually getting access to your account and personal information.

Password monitor
Password monitor

The feature scans the password automatically by default, but you can always check manually from the Password settings page (edge://settings/passwords).

History search

Microsoft Edge version 90 also includes improvements for the search experience for History.

History search
History search

Although the ability to search your web browsing activities has been available for a long time, starting version 90, from the History page (edge://history/all), you can search for things you looked at in the past, and you do not remember the website. For example, you can now search terms like “news articles from last week,” “jacket from yesterday,” or “cookie recipes” to find what you need and do not quite remember the site.

Other changes

Alongside the main new features, Microsoft Edge also ships with various other improvements. For example, now there is a flyout on the menu bar for Downloads. You can bulk-delete passwords. There are additional scaling options for printing, user-initiated search for autofill suggestions, synced browser history support for history search, and more.

Microsoft Edge 90 is available now, the update will download and install automatically, but you can always check for updates from the Help settings page (edge://settings/help).