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In an ever-evolving digital landscape, web browsers are more than just tools for accessing the internet; they are gateways to a world of information, innovation, and interconnectivity. As one of the forerunners in the tech industry, Microsoft consistently aims to redefine our online experience.


The recent rollout of Microsoft Edge Version 117.0.2045.31 brings with it an array of enhancements, policy changes, and new features. In this article, we'll delve deep into what this means for users, administrators, and the broader tech ecosystem.


What's new and improved in Microsoft Edge Version 117.0.2045.31?
Microsoft Edge Version 117.0.2045.31


What's new and improved in Microsoft Edge Version 117.0.2045.31?

1. Microsoft Edge for Business for BYOPC

Microsoft Edge for Business is not just any browser - it's a browser crafted for professional environments. This specific experience has now been made available for unmanaged Windows (Bring Your Own PC) via Microsoft Intune Mobile Application Management (MAM). With this update, Microsoft reinforces its commitment to providing a secure and productive workspace for professionals.


Please note:

  • This support extends to Windows 11, build 10.0.22621 (22H2), or its later versions.
  • The feature requires Microsoft Intune 2309 or a more advanced version.
  • App Protection Conditional Access is now in its public preview stage.


For organizations that have a Conditional Access (CA) policy, there are specific conditions to be mindful of. The full integration of this support will be available in Microsoft Edge v118.



2. Deprecation of the 'unload' event

The Google Chrome team unveiled plans to phase out the 'unload' event in Chrome version 118. Microsoft Edge is expected to adopt a similar approach, with a potential delay of a release or two. Developers keen on experimenting can use the ForcePermissionPolicyUnloadDefaultEnabled policy or follow the provided instructions.


WebView2 will also extend its support, but the gradual rollout in Microsoft Edge won't affect it.



3. New Features Introduced

Microsoft Edge for Business Banner: Admins can now regulate the Microsoft Edge for Business banner's display through the PromotionalTabsEnabled policy.


Sync Favorites Recovery: Lost or mistakenly deleted favorites? Worry not. The new Microsoft Edge Sync Favorites Recovery option lets users retrieve any favorites lost in the last 14 days. This can be accessed via the Microsoft Edge favorites hub or edge://favorites page.


Autofill Autocomplete: A boon for users, this feature will accelerate the form-filling process. As users start typing, Microsoft Edge will provide in-line completion suggestions based on saved browser data.



4. Deprecated Features

Aiming to enhance the user experience, certain features will be phased out. These include Web Select, Math Solver, Picture Dictionary, Citations, Grammar Tools, and the Kids Mode.


5. Policy Updates

A host of new policies have been introduced, including GamerModeEnabled, ShowHistoryThumbnails, and SearchbarIsEnabledOnStartup, among others. However, policies such as WebWidgetAllowed and WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup are being deprecated. WebSelectEnabled policy has been marked obsolete.


6. Security Update

Security remains a top priority for Microsoft. Addressing a potential exploit reported by the Chromium team, Microsoft has introduced a fix for CVE-2023-4863 to Microsoft Edge Stable Channel (Version 109.0.1518.140). This amendment extends to their M109 Windows down-level extended support.



End Notes

In conclusion, Microsoft continues its commitment to evolving technology, focusing on enhancing user experience and fortifying security. Whether you're an admin, a developer, or an end-user, this latest version of Microsoft Edge promises improvements across the board.


As with all updates, users and administrators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the changes to make the most of the new features and be aware of the deprecations.


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