The Microsoft Edge web browser was launched along with Windows 10, and it’s a fast, fairly capable alternative to Internet Explorer, which is also still bundled with Windows.
Edge has a lot of nifty features, but it’s also missing some things that most other modern web browsers have, and one of the most prominent missing features is support for third-party extensions.
Microsoft officials have said extensions are in the works though, and now it looks like the wait may be nearly over.
WinBeta and Thurrott.com both report that the next pre-release version of Windows 10 headed to beta testers in the Windows Insider Preview program will include a version of Edge that supports extensions.
The feature is reportedly on track to roll out to all users sometime around June.
By introducing the feature to Insiders first, Microsoft will give developers a chance to port existing Chrome or Firefox extensions to support Edge so that there could be a decent number of options available to users when the feature launches publicly.
Popular extensions for other browsers include tools that let you block ads or other scripts from running on websites, download videos from YouTube and other online video sites, adjust the behavior of browser tabs, manager bookmarks and passwords, or even change the text of web pages.
Incidentally, this isn’t the first time we’d heard that extensions were coming “soon” to Microsoft Edge… hopefully this time it’s really happening.