Microsoft Edge is going to make an effort to help you improve the browser with a new badge system for add-ons.
Add-ons (also called extensions) are little extras that can be integrated into the browser to provide all sorts of functionality, but clearly the trick to improving Edge with them is to choose good add-ons, not bloated ones. or poor-quality (even malicious in the worst case) efforts.
As an experienced MS user (opens in a new tab) reports, what the new system delivers is a badge – a visual icon, present on the product description page and elsewhere – to show that any given browser extension is of high enough quality to merit that label. So, in short, you know you’re getting something you can trust, and it will work well.
Microsoft announces that it will soon begin testing extension badges in the Edge Addons Store (EAS). The company notes (opens in a new tab): “Edge is starting with a small-scale experience and will begin to engage with the developer community to discuss the criteria and help them become familiar with the badging process on EAS.”
Analysis: another step in the right direction
Badges will also serve as a carrot for developers to build better extensions. As Microsoft explains, developers will be encouraged to follow best practice guidelines when building their add-ons to try and qualify for a badge that will ensure their products are more likely to be used by fans. from Edge. It is therefore more likely that the extensions made will be of higher quality, in a broad sense, or at least that is the hope.
There are a number of add-ons in the library available to Edge users at this point, so helping to sort the wheat from the chaff is definitely a good idea. According to Microsoft, there are currently nearly 11,000 extensions for Edge, and that will naturally continue to grow.
It’s good to see the software giant taking more positive steps to try to improve Edge as a product. We’ve also glimpsed another innovative step lately, namely the built-in free VPN that’s in testing (and just released, at least for some Edge users).
This is all refreshing, mostly because we want to see Edge evolve with additional features and new features, not experiment with how more ads can be blocked in Windows 11 to push Edge (let’s stop with that already, Microsoft, if we please).
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