November 16, 2015 10:00 am

Introducing EdgeHTML 13, our first platform update for Microsoft Edge

By / Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Last week, the first major update for Windows 10 began rolling out to over 110 million devices, including improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience. This update brings Microsoft Edge’s rendering engine to EdgeHTML 13, which Windows Insiders have been previewing for the last few months.

When we first introduced Microsoft Edge as “Project Spartan” back in January, we promised an evergreen browser. This means developers can rely on Microsoft Edge users always having the latest version of the rendering engine, and can expect frequent updates to the platform with new features and standards support. With EdgeHTML 13, we’re excited to deliver a broad set of major new platform features only a few months after the first public release of Microsoft Edge, as an automatic update to all Current Branch customers of Windows 10.

Feature updates in EdgeHTML 13

Back in August, we gave our first peek at our priorities for this release, as well as some longer term goals for future releases. If you have been watching the Microsoft Edge changelog, you may have seen these features lighting up build-by-build in the Insider Program. These updates bring Microsoft Edge to a score of 458 on HTML5Test – an improvement of 56 points in just a few months, and 117 points over Internet Explorer 11.

Screen capture showing HTML5Test scores for Microsoft browsers

HTML5Test measures declared support for features defined in the HTML5 specification as well as extensions and related specifications.

Here are the highlights of what’s now supported in EdgeHTML (for a full breakdown, visit the changelog):

CSS

File APIs

User Input

Graphics

Communication

Tools

  • Restored support for docking the F12 Developer Tools

Web Components

Feature updates in Chakra

In addition to the improvements in EdgeHTML, this release also includes major improvements and new feature support in Chakra, the JavaScript engine powering Microsoft Edge. Major features like asm.js are now enabled by default. With these updates, Microsoft Edge is by a wide margin the highest-scoring desktop browser in the Kangax ES6 compatibility table, which measures support for the component features of ES2015, perhaps the largest update in JavaScript history.

Screen capture showing EdgeHTML 13 leading in the Kangax ES6 compatibility table

Kangax ES6 scores for Microsoft Edge and other desktop browsers.

In addition, the “Experimental JavaScript features” flag under about:flags now includes experimental support for early ES2016 features, including Async Functions and the Exponentiation operator.

Here’s the full list of the major new features supported in Chakra:

  • ES2016 Async Functions (behind “Enable experimental JavaScript features” flag)
  • ES2016 Exponentiation operator (behind “Enable experimental JavaScript features” flag)
  • asm.js is now enabled by default (previously behind a flag); see our blog post and demo
  • ES2015 Classes now enabled by default (previously behind a flag)
  • ES2015 Destructuring now available behind the Experimental JavaScript features flag

Many Windows 10 devices, one web platform

This update marks a special moment for the Windows 10 web platform as we ship the same version of EdgeHTML to all Windows 10 devices: PCs, Windows 10 phones (via the Windows Insider Program), and even Xbox One. Whether it’s adaptive images on phones with the <picture> element and extended srcset, or even in-browser gaming on the Xbox One with WebGL and GamePad API, Microsoft Edge empowers users and developers alike to be confident in a consistent, modern, and powerful experience across devices.

Illustration showing Microsoft Edge running on Windows 10 phone, laptop, and Xbox One

New end-user features in Microsoft Edge

While this blog is focused on developer features, this release also updates the Microsoft Edge app to Microsoft Edge 25, which includes powerful new features like Tab Preview, synced Favorites and Reading List, and wireless multimedia casting for video, audio, and photos. You can learn more about the updates to Microsoft Edge and other Windows apps on the Windows Experience blog.

Tab Preview in Microsoft Edge

Tab Preview in Microsoft Edge

This update also includes major security improvements in Microsoft Edge, with industry-leading code integrity enforcement in the Windows kernel, and updates to SmartScreen to protect users from drive-by attacks in the browser. We’ll be exploring each of these features in separate posts soon.

What’s next?

This is just the first step in a journey of delivering Microsoft Edge updates regularly, and we’re excited to get right back to work on our next set of improvements. As always, the Windows Insider Program is the best way to preview our upcoming features early, and we’ll continue to share details on our plans as soon as we begin development. Expect to hear more about our next feature investments and our priorities for 2016 in the coming months. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing what you do with the powerful new capabilities in Microsoft Edge!

Kyle Pflug, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

Updated November 25, 2015 10:02 am

Join the conversation

  1. Are the Edge updates bound to Windows updates? Would it be possible that you push out “only” an Edge update? If so, why don’t you switch to some sort of fixed release cycle like Chrome and Firefox both have (a release every six weeks)?

    • EdgeHTML powers not just Microsoft Edge, but the UWP app platform and other parts of Windows (such as Cortana). We do have the ability to service features via Windows Update without a full release of Windows (for example, we shipped our alert trap mitigation to Windows 10 users back in September), but in general at this time we expect to align major platform updates to the Windows release cadence, which allows us to leverage the Insider program for rapid release and stabilization of new features (often within days of checking in to internal builds).

      • Sorry, but it’s not enough. There won’t be Windows 10 major updates every 5 weeks. You can’t possibly please developers and users saying “a new feature will come in the next release, in maybe half a year” while Google and Mozilla keep improving their browser every month. We need updates as soon as possible, and a good ad blocker is required immediately, not in 6 months.

      • EdgeHTML is tied to various OS features but the Edge chrome (app) is not – there are a bunch of features that users want in the Edge browser that don’t actually relate to the HTML rendering engine.

        Will there be more rapid updates to the Edge app?

    • We’re excited for the potential of modern extensions for scenarios like content blocking – we’ll have more to say here in the coming months.

  2. Can’t open 4k/2k youtube videos, can’t open 60fps youtube videos, can’t load many web pages, crashes are usual, even IE is more stable.

    All of these working fine in Chrome and Firefox.

  3. When will Edge remember it’s last location? When using dual monitors this is a must have feature. I hate having to open Edge, resize it and drag it to my second monitor and until this changes I’ll keep using Chrome. I do use Edge on my machine with a single monitor.

  4. Really want to use this browser, mainly because of the ability to sync data(settings/history/offline reading lists) between windows phone and desktop. But for now i see several showstoppers for me:
    1. No extension support-> no adblock(i really try to not use it, but some sites are just ad hogs :( ), no VPN as extension, no translater as extension….
    2. As i see Edge is not that memory efficient: with just 5 tabs it goes up to 1GB of RAM.
    3. Reading lists are not that good; you can’t really customize fonts/pagesize/colors/integration with social networks. And why do you even spend time on such features, when there are popular 3rd party alternatives like Pocket that are focused on this functionality and sure will add new and improve the existing features more faster then natively in browser. Take a look at Mozilla, they’ve abandoned such functions in Firefox and just added “Login with Mozilla account” in Pocket (here is an easy integration and thats all).
    4. I can’t normally manage my bookmarks… Not mentioning fulltext search for bookmarks that is really useful most of the time when i search for particular point in bookmarks (Google Chrome team did Bookmark Manager extension for that).

  5. Xbox One Edge 13.10586 doesn’t seem to support any of the ObjectRTC APIs as suggested in the blog.

    • Hi Adam – Correct, ORTC in particular is desktop-only at the moment. In general while the EdgeHTML version is the same, a few individual features that have dependencies on specific hardware, codecs, etc. may not be available simultaneously on all platforms.

  6. While I’m very impressed with all of the work that was done here, the most surprising thing to me is that chart and learning that Konqueror is still a thing.

  7. When there are popular 3rd party alternatives like pocket that are focused on this functionality and sure will add new and improve the existing features more faster then natively in browser.