Microsoft Edge for iOS to get visual search and more

Microsoft Edge for iOS to get visual search and more


Microsoft Edge on iPhone
Microsoft Edge makes search even easier.
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Microsoft knows that Edge is nowhere near as popular as its rivals, but it has no plans to stop making its browser as good as can be. Its next big update will give those on iOS the ability to search by snapping photos, plus other helpful new features.

Edge hasn’t quite caught up with the likes of Firefox and Chrome yet — especially on mobile — but for those who have made it their go-to browser in Windows 10, the iOS version is a must-have. And it keeps improving.

Here’s what you can expect from its next big update.

Search with a snap

Edge version 42.3.2, which is currently being beta tested, gives users the ability to search the web with a photo. Simply snap a picture of an object or landmark and Edge will do its best to identify it and provide you with more information.

You can also scan contact information and QR codes, and with paste and go, it’s easier than ever to copy text into Edge’s address bar and start a search. As if that wasn’t enough, you can finally specify your favorite search engine inside the settings menu.

You’ll need access to the Edge beta in TestFlight to enjoy these features now, but when testing is done, they’ll roll out to everyone via the App Store.



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