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What’s New in Web Experiences for May 2021
May 27, 2021

New shopping features to help you save money for summer fun and all your back-to-school needs

Summer is almost here and for many this means planning family camping trips, outdoor barbeques and fun in the sun. This month, we’re excited to announce several new features that highlight why Microsoft Edge is the best browser for shopping.  Online shopping with Microsoft Edge saves you both time and money. We’re also sharing new features and tips to make Microsoft Edge more personalized. Along with this, we’re making Microsoft Edge the best performing browser on Windows 10 with additional improvements this month for sleeping tabs!

If you’re running a Windows PC, you already have Microsoft Edge installed, so launch it and check it out. For those of you who haven’t tried Microsoft Edge yet, download it and let us know what you think!

Here’s what’s new this month:

Save money this summer with Microsoft Edge and earn cash back with Microsoft Bing

Animation of cash back feature

Microsoft Edge is the best browser for shopping with built-in features like coupons that automatically look for available deals, and seamless price comparisons that show you prices for the same item across different websites. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re also bringing Bing Rebates to Microsoft Edge, so you get Microsoft Bing and Edge offers together in a single experience. This means you can confidently complete your purchases knowing you’ve gotten all the available savings opportunities.

To start saving money, all you need to do is be signed into your Microsoft Rewards account and have Bing Rebates enabled. From there, you can continue to shop on to earn cash back from 1200+ retailers. You can now also shop from 300+ retailers directly on Microsoft Edge to get cash back. To view the available Bing Rebates for your purchase, just click on the blue tag in the address bar.

Plan your next online purchase by looking at historical trends with price history in Microsoft Edge

Price history feature

Before making a purchase, I like to make sure that I’m getting the best deal possible. Because prices on certain items fluctuate over time, knowing when to buy can make all the difference. This is why I’m excited to share that, this month, Microsoft Edge is releasing a new feature called price history.  It shows me historical online prices to help me decide if I should wait a few days before making a purchase. To see an item’s price history, all you have to do is click on the blue tag in the address bar. Learn more about which retailers are supported. This is just another way we’re helping you save time and money.

Microsoft Edge gets better with sleeping tabs improvements & system resource savings

Sleeping tabs gives Microsoft Edge a performance boost when using multiple browser tabs simultaneously. It helps optimize the performance of your Microsoft Edge browser by freeing up system resources for the tabs you are actively using. This month, sleeping tabs is further improved with up to 82% memory savings based upon internal data collected on our preview builds. It does so by immediately putting ads to sleep when you put tabs in the background for instant resource savings. Sleeping tabs also now has additional improvements to save system resources on Windows.

Personalize your browser with new color themes

Animation of color theme selector

I spend a lot of time in my browser, so I like to make sure it reflects my personality, just like I do for my physical spaces. In January, we launched exclusive first party themes that you could add via the Microsoft Add-ons store to tailor your experience. Today, I’m excited to announce an even easier way to change up your browser frame and New Tab Page with 10 new color themes. To try them out, go to the Appearance page in Settings.

What I love about this is that it’s so easy to change the color based on how I’m feeling that day or week. Lately, I’ve been rocking cool breeze but I’m already planning to switch to sunny day as the weather gets warmer.

Personalize the news and information you see on the New Tab Page

New Tab Page

To help me further customize my browser experience, I can now tailor the news and headlines I see in the informational view of the Microsoft Edge New Tab Page with the new Personalize feature. I love that I can stay up-to-date and informed every time I open a new browser tab. However, I am interested in more than just the day’s top news, as I care about a lot of other topics, too. For example, I also follow business, cooking, art and space explorations as topics that I like to see in my feed. Some personalization happens automatically, but I like that I can easily choose what I see. To get started customizing your browsing experience, just click Personalize on the New Tab Page.

We hope you have a great summer and that our new features help you save time and money so you can spend time on things that matter most to you. Please continue to send us your feedback as we work to make the web more innovative and open for everyone.