Microsoft Edge extensions support will arrive with Windows 10 Redstone

Microsoft reportedly planning to bring extensions support in Microsoft Edge during the roll out of Redstone in 2016.

Microsoft Edge extension support

Windows 10 includes the new Microsoft Edge, which is the new default web browser that replaces Internet Explorer and prepares the operating system for the future of the web. However, currently the browser lacks of some features that may be stopping some users from switching.

One of these missing features is support for extensions, which Microsoft noted would be coming “later this year”, but according to WinBeta, the software maker is not planning to add more features to the upcoming Windows 10 Threshold 2 update, which is due later in November.

While the latest preview of the operating system shows a number of improvements, and tab preview for Microsoft Edge, extensions are yet to be seen. Also, considering that Microsoft hasn’t share more details, and hasn’t asked developers to port their extensions over Edge, with so little time before Threshold 2 rolls out to the public, the company simply don’t have enough time to include extensions with the next update.

According to the report, Microsoft is working to bring the feature in 2016 during the second roll out of Redstone.

Of course, Insiders might get their chance to play with extensions long before everyone else, as pre-releases of Redstone will begin roll out long before the official release, and Microsoft obviously want developers to brings their Chrome and Firefox extensions over Microsoft Edge early.

On a comment to WinBeta, Microsoft said the following:

“We are bringing support for extensions to Microsoft Edge in a future update. Developers who build extensions for other modern browsers using common Web technologies like JavaScript and HTML, will work with Microsoft Edge with little or no code changes.”

As you can see, extensions are coming to Microsoft Edge, but it will take another several months until we see an early preview of the feature integrated into the browser. In the meantime, it seems that a few users will continue to use alternative browsers, which at this time include a few extra features.

Update, October 23rd, 2015: On a new statement, Microsoft confirms that extensions support for Microsoft Edge is coming in 2016.

“We’re committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority. We’re actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016.”

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Source WinBeta

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