Microsoft has started testing a new “web follow” feature for its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. The feature is being tested on the latest version of Edge Canary and allows users to create a personalized feed featuring content from their favorite YouTube creators. Here’s everything you need to know about this nifty new feature.
A Look at Microsoft Edge’s “Web Follow” Feature
The Followable Web feature allows users to follow their favorite content creators on YouTube with just a tap. A new “Follow Creator” button will appear in Edge’s address bar whenever users are on certain channels to follow on YouTube. This will create a custom feed in the Collections section of Edge. It’s like Experimental feature of Google Chrome introduced last year which follows a similar narrative.
It was originally spotted by Redditor u/Leopeva64-2 a few months ago in Edge but Microsoft disabled it soon after. Now the company has started testing it once again. For those unaware, there was no way to follow a creator before, as the “Follow” button was not available when it was initially available.
Currently, the the feature only works on YouTube and is limited to certain content creators. Once users add their favorite content creators to the list, they will be able to see the latest videos from the creators they follow in one place. Users can also unfollow a creator at any time from the “Follow” section of the Collections menu. Microsoft Edge is expected to expand support for this feature to other social platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
It is worth mentioning that the feature is in its early stages of development and contains significant bugs. The name may also change if and when it becomes available to general users. It’s also part of Microsoft’s controlled feature rollouts, which means the feature is only available to some Edge Canary testers and not all.
For those unaware, Microsoft has also tested a new games panel built into Edge so users can play different types of games without needing to download them.
It remains to be seen when these features will be made available to general users. We expect the company to fix bugs before rolling out the feature to the public. We’ll keep you posted and share more information about it whenever it comes up. So stay tuned for further updates.
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