Recently, Microsoft Edge 92 version began to be launched to testers in the development channel, bringing two new features: Office viewer and Windows search integration. These two new features have been tested for several months, and now more users can test them by installing Edge Dev 92.
With the introduction of version 92, Microsoft Office documents will be integrated into the Edge browser. This new feature called “Office Viewer” will allow users to open Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with one click in the browser . This feature is in the early stages of development and is compatible with the Windows and Mac versions of the Edge browser.
To enable and use Office Viewer, open Edge Settings> Downloads, and enable the “Use Office Viewer to quickly view Office files on the Internet” option. Once enabled, users can view Office files in Edge instead of downloading them.
Considering that users currently need to download files and open them in Office applications, the Microsoft 365 integration in Edge should save users some time.
In addition, Edge’s Office Viewer can also protect users from the threat of malware delivered through Office files.
The second new feature is Windows Search integration, but it does not seem to be enabled in the new version of Windows 10. Microsoft is seeking to integrate Chromium Edge with the search box in the taskbar. Once enabled, Windows Search will obtain information from Microsoft Edge. For example, the user will be able to initiate a taskbar search to discover the user’s browsing history, recent tags, bookmarks (favorites), etc.
Windows Search currently allows users to find files and folders stored in local storage. Users can search for Bing, and corporate customers can also search for files in their organization. With this new feature, Microsoft is adding Edge integration to Windows 10. To enable search integration, open Microsoft Edge> Settings> Profile.
This feature is currently not available, and a newer Windows 10 version may be required.
Naijatechnews understands that Microsoft may also use Edge’s Windows search integration as a replacement for the Windows Timeline cross-device synchronization function, which will disappear with the Windows 10 Sun Valley update.
The good thing is that this feature is optional. If you don’t want Windows Search to monitor Edge’s history, you can turn it off.