Microsoft’s ‘Internet Explorer risen from the ashes’ browser Edge, is getting some more tweaks in the new Windows 10 anniversary update. The update will however be only a minor part in the overall scheme, yet the fact that some of the additions to it are quite handy, has made us bring it out to your notice.
For one, Microsoft has added the ability to handle flash content smartly to the edge browser. Flash, in case you are unaware of it, refers to the content that plays — often automatically and without your consent — whenever you open a webpage. The nature of the content varies and can be advertisement etc. But Flash — as we all know — is soon going to be a dead thing, hence the update.
Well, Microsoft has decided that it is high time users had some control over what was playing when they open a webpage. According to an official blog post by the company,
With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will intelligently auto-pause content that is not central to the web page. Peripheral content like animations or advertisements built with Flash will be displayed in a paused state unless the user explicitly clicks to play that content.
Apart from not pulling your eyeballs to the corner of your eyes and distracting you from the main content, the controls will also serve to significantly reduce power consumption and improves performance.
Meanwhile, the controls extend only to content that is not central to the page. Flash content that is important, like video and games, will continue playing as usual.
Microsoft also hopes to wean developers off flash and to newer open Web standards like RTC, Web Audio, and Canvas, by adding controls that make most of the flash content redundant. After all, how likely is a user to click and play an advertisement?
We encourage the web community to continue the transition away from Flash and towards open web standards. Standards like Encrypted Media Extensions,Media Source Extensions,Canvas,Web Audio, and RTCoffer a rich way to deliver similar experiences with increased performance and security. We will continue to work within the W3C to ensure standards unblock all developers to fully transition away from Flash.
Meanwhile, the announcement further beefs up the excitement associated with the upcoming, Anniversary edition upgrade, that is expected to be made available to Windows 10 users for free. The update is expected to hit the masses this summer and will also bring enhanced extension support, along with flash control, to the public.