In a move aimed at streamlining user experience and optimizing the browsing interface, Microsoft has announced its intention to phase out certain features from its Edge browser, citing them as “obsolete.” The tech giant seeks to simplify the “More tools” menu within the Edge browser, leading to the removal of functionalities that are deemed no longer relevant to users.
In a release note for version 117 of the Edge Beta channel, Microsoft detailed its decision to retire several tools, including the Image Dictionary, Math Solver, Bibliography Citation Generator, and Grammar Tools. These features, once considered valuable additions to the browser, are now being retired to align with the company’s vision for a more streamlined and efficient browsing experience.
One of the functionalities being retired is the ‘Kids Mode,’ which was introduced in 2021 to provide a safer online experience for children by enabling tailored configurations within the browser.
However, the discontinuation of the Math Solver tool within Edge does not mean the end of its availability. Microsoft clarified that Math Solver will still be accessible through a separate external application, available for download on both Android and iOS devices.
Microsoft’s focus on integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) across the board, particularly evident with the introduction of the OpenAI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, into the Edge browser, has led to the evolution of various browser features. With AI capabilities playing an increasingly prominent role, some previously embedded tools within Edge might become redundant as they are supplanted by AI-driven alternatives.
The slated removal of these features is set to take effect with the stabilization of Edge version 117.0.2045.9. While this version is currently in its beta phase, the tools are expected to be permanently phased out upon its transition to a stable release.
Microsoft remains committed to refining the Edge browsing experience, enhancing its capabilities, and adapting to the evolving needs and preferences of users. As technology continues to advance, the company’s strategic decisions reflect its dedication to innovation and user satisfaction.
As the development of Edge continues, users can anticipate further enhancements, and Microsoft assures its users that the removal of certain tools is part of a broader effort to deliver a more streamlined and efficient browsing experience.
For more updates and information on Microsoft Edge, users are encouraged to follow the official announcements from Microsoft’s Edge development team.