Microsoft has released Chromium Edge 90 to the stable channel with new features and policies for its users. This version will be available to install for all users within a few days as part of the Progressive rollout.

This new update to Edge introduces new and exciting features such as Single Sign On (SSO) for Azure Active Directory (AAD) and Microsoft accounts on macOS. It also focuses on the print User Interface (UI) and other print-related features that are discussed in detail further down the article.

Moreover, Microsoft has also introduced a Security Baseline for Edge 90 which includes 9 new computer settings and 9 new user settings. However, Microsoft states that no additional settings were required to be enforced, hence the Security Baseline for Edge 88 is still Microsoft’s recommended Baseline.

New features in Microsoft Edge 90

Single Sign On

This feature is introduced for users of Microsoft Edge on macOS. Users signed in on Edge using AAD or Microsoft account will now be automatically signed in on websites that allow SSO.

Printing

Administrators can now choose a print rasterization mode for their users using a Group Policy. These options are Full and Fast. This policy controls how Edge prints to non-PostScript printers on a Windows platform.

Moreover, new page scaling options have also been added to Edge 90. Users can now customize scaling while printing PDFs using “additional options.” Two options have been added:

  • Fit to page
  • Actual size

The “Fit to Page” ensures that the page being printed fits into one paper, according to the selected “Paper size.” However, in the case of “Actual size,” the real size of the content will be printed regardless of the “Paper size.”

Fit to printable area Edge 90
Fit to printable area Edge 90

An additional tweak made to the print option is that only the configured printers and “Print to PDF” have been locked onto the UI print settings. Additional improvements have been made to the kiosk mode to restrict the launch of third-party applications from the browser.

Other improvements

Other changes in Edge 90 include the following:

  • Content copied to the clipboard is now parsed and suggested when you click a profile/address field.
  • Autofill suggestions pop up automatically when you fill out forms if you have information saved in Microsoft Edge. This will help you save time by not having to manually type in the details.
  • Downloaded items can now be directly accessed from a flyout in the top-right corner of the browser in the menu bar.
  • Improvements have been made to font rendering to reduce blurriness and enhance clarity.
  • The policy for Kids mode has been updated so once the policy is enabled, the Kids mode feature will be disabled in addition to family safety.

New policies

Microsoft has added the following new policies to Edge 90 which can be configured using the Group Policy Editor:

  • ApplicationGuardFavoritesSyncEnabled – Application Guard Favorites Sync Enabled
  • FetchKeepaliveDurationSecondsOnShutdown- Fetch keepalive duration on shutdown
  • ManagedConfigurationPerOrigin – Sets managed configuration values for websites to specific origins
  • PrintRasterizationMode – Print Rasterization Mode
  • QuickViewOfficeFilesEnabled – Manage QuickView Office files capability in Microsoft Edge
  • SSLErrorOverrideAllowedForOrigins – Allow users to proceed from the HTTPS warning page for specific origins
  • WindowOcclusionEnabled – Enable Window Occlusion
  • WindowsHelloForHTTPAuthEnabled – Windows Hello For HTTP Auth Enabled

New in Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge 90

As we mentioned earlier, the Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge 90 has also been released, but Microsoft felt that no additional policies needed to be enforced after the Security Baseline for Edge 88. Therefore, a few changes have been made to the existing Security Baseline and the following policies have been added:

  • SSLErrorOverrideAllowedForOrigins
  • WindowOcclusionEnabled
  • FetchKeepaliveDurationSecondsOnShutdown
  • QuickViewOfficeFilesEnabled
  • ManagedConfigurationPerOrigin
  • Recommended!WindowsHelloForHTTPAuthEnabled
  • ApplicationGuardFavoritesSyncEnabled
  • WindowsHelloForHTTPAuthEnabled
  • PrintRasterizationMode

The above policies have been added for both the computer and the user. Therefore, all of these policies can be found in the following two locations:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Edge\
HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Edge\

To learn more about these new policies, click here to download the excel sheet.

Release Summary

  • Complete release build: 90.0.818.41
  • Release date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous build: Edge 89

Download Microsoft Edge 90

You can update and download Edge 90 in three ways:

Upgrade to Edge 90

Since Microsoft Edge comes pre-installed with Windows 10, you can use this method to get this update.

Open Microsoft Edge and go to Feedback and Help –> About Microsoft Edge.

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This will trigger an automatic update check. Edge will automatically detect the latest version and download it for you. Once the download is completed, you will need to restart the browser.

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Once it restarts, you can return to the About page and check that it has been updated to version 90.

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Download Edge 90 installers

If you want to use Edge 90 on any Operating System other than Windows 10, like Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Linux, macOS, etc., you will need to download the offline installers of the browser.

Use Portable Edge Chromium Updater

A small, portable tool known as Portable Edge Updater is available on GitHub that allows you to install or update the existing Microsoft Edge Chromium to the latest build available. Not only that, you can use this tool to download the x64 and x86 versions from all channels, which includes the stable channel as well as the 3 channels from Edge Insider.

Download the tool by opening the GitHub page and then click on the link provided Portable.Edge.Chromium.Updater….7z.

download tool

The tool will then download. Extract it and then run the executable application inside it. Inside the tool, click on the channel and bit architecture that you want to download. The versions are also mentioned. In this case, we shall be downloading Edge version 90 from the stable channel.

portable updater

The browser will then begin to download or update. Once it is done, you can check that Microsoft Edge Chromium 90 is now available on your device.

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Download and Install Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge v90

Use the guide below to download and install the new Security Baseline for Microsoft Edge. You can also select all the features in the Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit as per your requirement.

  1. Open the page for Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0. Scroll down and then click on Download.
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  2. Check the box next to Microsoft Edge v88 Baseline.zip (and any other baselines you may require) and then click Next.
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  3. Your download should now begin. When downloaded, extract the files.
  4. When extracted, navigate to the following location within the extracted folder:
    Microsoft Edge v88 Security Baseline FINAL -> Scripts
  5. Now right-click Baseline-LocalInstall and click on Run with PowerShell from the context menu.
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    If you want to run the baseline for Active Directory, then you should run Baseline-ADImport script.
  6. The script will now run automatically. Wait for the PowerShell window to close on its own

You have now successfully installed the latest security baseline for Microsoft Edge v90. Note that the Security Baseline used for Edge 90 is the same as v88 with minor tweaks.

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