Microsoft recently revealed the release date of the Microsoft Anniversary Update coming to Windows 10 devices, to be August 2. The updates will improve the overall experience with the OS, with the Surface Pen, with the way you log in, with the way you use Cortana and so much more. One of the most exciting updates will be to Microsoft Edge, which will add extensions to the browser – something that was lacking previously. You can test some of these extensions right now if you’re part of the Windows Insider Program, but we thought it would be nice if we ran through the best extensions everyone SHOULD install on Edge when the Anniversary Update releases! And if you don’t have a Windows 10 device already, go treat yourself to something nice at the MicrosoftStore!
These two extensions are arguably the most important releases that everyone is likely to want. While they are different developers, they both do a very similar task of blocking out invasive web ads from pages. Sites like Buzzfeed and Elite Daily have up to 16 ads on a single page, so it’s no wonder that people want to use these extensions. Tiny PSA: Small creators/YouTubers/GuyMaven make most of their money from web based ads – so if there’s a site you absolutely love and want to support the creator, simply whitelist their site for their ads. It means a lot!
Save to Pocket
The Read-It-Later app gets an Edge extension enabling you to easily save content to read at a later time. It’s ideal for people who travel/commute a lot because what it does is save the entire website for reading/viewing on any of your devices with offline reading. See some stuff you want to read on your flight later? Just save it, and you can load it up mid-air!
A much needed extension that will help you to understand any page you land on – Microsoft Translator automatically translates the entire copy of a website from one language to another. So if you’re on an English website and want it in Spanish, or on a Portuguese site and want it in German, or any combination in between – you’re covered!
If you’re ignoring our advice to learn OneNote, then Evernote becomes the backup suggestion on extensions. With this extension you will be able to cut, save and bookmark images, webpages, text and other content online and save them to your Evernote account.
OneNote Web Clipper
OneNote is an app you HAVE to learn. It is so powerful and versatile. The OneNote Web Clipper extension adds even more functionality to the app by enabling you to click and capture a screenshot of part or all of the page. You can select just the text, or an image, or an entire block of a site. Tiny PSA: LEARN ONENOTE! Trust us.
An extremely powerful extension, Office Online enables you to open, edit and create Office documents within Edge. Best of all, you don’t need to have Office installed on your device! Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote all become completely usable through Edge. Powerful addition!
Other Noteable Edge Extensions
There are a number of other extensions that are coming out, and sure to be tons more so we’ll quickly run through them. Mouse Gestures is an extension that adds gestures to the experience within Edge, such as dragging the mouse and then up will either take you back/forward on a page. Pin It adds a Pinterest Button to the webpage you’re on in Edge. Last Pass enables you to save all your passwords securely and encrypted. Reddit Enhancement Suite adds a ton of Reddit improvements for Edge users. Page Analyzer helps web developers with webpages on Edge.