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Microsoft Edge update will eliminate all-too-common web user frustration

Accessing some of the most popular online tools for Microsoft Edge should soon be easier than ever thanks to a new update.

The company revealed that it is working on an upgrade to its browser that will give users quick access to their favorite tools right in the Microsoft Edge sidebar.

The update means you won’t be searching for calculators, internet speed tests and unit converters when you need them most.

The entry for the update on the Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab) doesn’t contain much information on how the update will work, or even what it will look like, so we’ll have to stay tuned for more details soon.

However, Microsoft has set a goal for general availability by August 2022, so we might not have too long to wait. The company says the update will initially only be available for web users, so hopefully a mobile version might also be available soon.

The launch will be the latest in a long line of Edge updates as Microsoft looks to ensure the browser remains useful for users around the world.

This includes a recent addition that will allow users to suspend all extensions from running on specific websites with a single click, giving them greater control over extensions running on risky or sensitive websites.

Microsoft recently introduced redesigned context menus that appear when a user right-clicks somewhere in a window, following user complaints that it was far too large when it appeared and cluttered with a Huge list of options that aren’t particularly useful.

Recent figures from Statcounter showed that Microsoft Edge had lost or failed to gain market share in four of the past six months.

This puts Edge at a market share of 4.05% (on desktop and mobile platforms), which equates to around 200 million users – a far cry from Google Chrome (64.34%) and Safari d Apple (19.16%), but ahead of Firefox (3.41%).