Microsoft is introducing new colorful themes for the Edge browser this week, along with updated icons and a new dormant tab feature that enhances the browser and overall PC performance. To celebrate a year with Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge, the browser gets new themes available from the Edge add-on.
Themes range from simple colors to Hello, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Forza Horizon themes. These new themes include colors on new tab pages, tabs, the address bar, and other parts of the Edge browser.
Microsoft is also updating the icons used throughout Edge to better match the company’s Fluent Design system. “In our latest release, you will notice subtle updates of icons in Microsoft Edge that are rounder and softer in appearance,” explains Liat Ben-Zur, a Microsoft executive working on the company’s “Modern Life” initiative. “This is just the beginning of our design journey, and we are already imagining how we can bring liquid design through our products. We look forward to sharing more of our vision in the near future. ”
The overall look and feel of the Edge may change, but Microsoft also adds some useful features. A new sleeping tab feature is rolling out now, and it aims to improve browser performance. Edge will now automatically free up system resources for inactive tabs when you have a number of tabs open, which will help new tabs work better or stop the browser from chopping memory and CPU resources in the background.
Microsoft is also taking steps to roll out the new password manager features. Edge automatically starts suggesting a secure and complex password when you sign up for a new site or try to change an existing password. Edge also gets a new password monitoring feature that will alert you if your password has been leaked online.
If that wasn’t enough, Edge History and Tab Sync is finally launching for everyone this week. These features began rolling out to a number of countries earlier this month, allowing Edge users to finally sync their full web history and active tabs across multiple devices, including iOS and Android.