The Microsoft Edge browser already has a built-in PDF reader to read documents that are in this format without having to use an external application. However, starting March 2023, Microsoft Edge will be entitled to new enhanced PDF functionality (Adobe Acrobat) thanks to a recently revealed agreement with Adobe. This is undoubtedly another feature that some users may get from Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft Edge integrates Adobe Acrobat in March!
That is, as I mentioned above, Microsoft announced that in March Edge will have an update that will add the Adobe Acrobat PDF engine within the browser. This addition will give Edge users on Windows 10 and 11 more features related to this type of documents. These include, for example, better text selection and aloud narration. We will also have more accurate representation of colors and graphics along with better security features and overall performance.
Meanwhile, if users want even more PDF functionality in Microsoft Edge, including conversion to other file formats and full editing capabilities, they can purchase an Adobe Acrobat subscription. This can be done within the Edge browser. All so that users don’t have to leave it to get the update.
Although we already know the month in which this novelty arrives, Microsoft will add the new PDF reader in stages. In other words, another phased release.
As a note, the current PDF reader in Edge will be discontinued by Microsoft in March 2024. This is despite being a good reader.
However, not all news is so good. This is because there is another one that will have a practical effect a little different from this one.
Dubbed “Discover,” the feature is Microsoft’s new attempt to enforce recommended content on Edge, and there’s a lot wrong with it. For starters, it’s where the menu button used to be. So some people will try to do it in the usual place and will end up accessing this new function. But there’s more!
Questionable visuals are another thing that can irritate customers. Microsoft Edge is a more minimalist browser with simple icons that don’t attract unnecessary attention and don’t get in the way. The “Discover” button looks like the exact opposite. As if it were saying click here. Even though it’s similar to the rest of the sidebar (assuming you’re using it), there’s another problem. It is the only button that cannot be repositioned or removed from the toolbar and is responsible for showing content recommended by ads.
The other thing that is very wrong, as the Neowin site refers, is the fact that this function opens, not when we press the button but when we move the mouse over it. Remember the news and interests widget? Well, it’s a very similar thing.
For now the first feedback could not be worse. Edge Insiders already hate the new “Discover” tab, and the forums are slowly filling up with less than sympathetic comments. We can only hope that Microsoft comes to its senses and realizes that it needs to give users, at least, the option to hide or disable the button. Otherwise people might start jumping to another browser.
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