What’s in the latest Edge update? Vertical tabs for all, and faster start-ups

Microsoft last week upgraded its Edge browser to version 89, delivering vertical tabs to all customers and improving startup times up to 41%. The Redmond, Wash. company also patched at least 33 security vulnerabilities before releasing Edge 89.

(Note: Starting Jan. 21, Microsoft began “…releasing the Chrome CVEs that are included in the new releases of Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) directly in the Security Update Guide.” For more information on what that meant, head to this explanation.)

Although Edge will update automatically in the background, to force an upgrade, select “About Microsoft Edge” from the Help and Feedback menu under the ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab shows that the browser has been updated or displays the download process before presenting a “Restart” button.

Users new to Edge can manually download version 89 for Windows or macOS. The Linux version is available as a Dev Channel build from the Insider website, while the Android and iOS browsers can be found in the Google Play and App Store markets, respectively.

Microsoft updates Edge on the same six-to-eight-week schedule as Chrome — although usually two days after Google refreshes its browser — and to the same version number as Chrome. The previous Edge upgrade, version 88, arrived on Jan. 21.

You get vertical tabs! So do you! And you!

Microsoft, like other browser makers, typically turns on a new feature for a subset of users to start, then gradually enables it for more customers as the weeks, or even months go by. So it was with the vertical tabs that debuted in January with Edge 88.

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