Microsoft has officially released version 89 of its popular Chromium-based Edge browser, bringing its long-running vertical tab feature to the Mac for the first time.
Vertical tabs are intended to utilize screen space more efficiently, and should prove to be a welcome addition for users who particularly surf 16: 9 ratios. Users can click vertical tabs to switch between them and possibly group related tabs together.
“To make tab management and organization easier, vertical tabs are now available this month,” said Microsoft Executive Vice President Liat Ben-Zur in a blog post from the company. “Now everyone can see and manage their tabs from a pane on the page with a single click. This allows you to see the category titles and controls clearly, making it easier to find and switch between the categories you need, no matter how many you have open. “
Edge users can switch between horizontal and vertical tabs by clicking the new “Turn on / off vertical tabs” icon on the far left of the tab bar. By default, vertical tabs appear as icons, unless they hover over the mouse pointer, but the extended pane can also be pinned to the left of the browser window so that the title on each page remains visible.
In addition to vertical tabs, Edge now includes a new way to view your browsing history. Now when users go to the history, it opens as a light drop-down from the toolbar instead of opening the entire page view in the settings. The idea is that it allows users to easily search, open and manage their history without navigating away. For users who prefer the original style, this drop-down menu can also be attached to the right of the browser window as a pane.
Microsoft Edge has won many users with its frequent feature updates and the close integration of Microsoft’s design language with the macOS design signature. The latest major update came in January and introduced several new features, including “sleeping tabs”, a password generator and screen, new visual themes and more.
The browser can be downloaded from the Microsoft Edge website.