Microsoft is obviously trying to encourage Internet users to use software from its Office suite such as Word, Powerpoint or Excel. Indeed, the American manufacturer is currently testing a new button in its browser that provides direct access to its office tools.
With Edge, Microsoft has taken the bad habit of promoting its own services, or on the contrary of denigrating the offer of competitors. We remember for example these anti Google Chrome pop-ups or these advertisements in the Start menu which invited users to switch to Edge.
This time, Microsoft is visibly seeking to highlight the office software of its Office suite. As reported by a user on Reddit and member of the Insider program, the Redmond firm has added a new button to the latest version of its web browser.
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Microsoft adds a button on Edge to access the Office suite
From the Appearance tab, accessible in the settings by typing the command Edge://settings/appearance, you can actually see this button, between those dedicated to video games and comments/returns. Another technique to find it, much simpler, is to click on the three small dots at the top right and go to the “Additional tools” section. You will find in the list the famous Microsoft Office button.
By activating it, a Microsoft Office shortcut will be added to the Edge toolbar. If you click on it, you will be immediately redirected to the web version of the Office suite, from which you will be able to access the Web versions of the various office software such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams or even OneDrive and Outlook. As the Reddit user behind this discovery points out, this feature is currently only available on the Canary version of Edgethe one reserved for developers.
Furthermore, he adds that Microsoft intends to gradually roll out this feature. In other words, you may have to wait a few weeks/months to enjoy it on the consumer version of Microsoft Edge. As a reminder, Edge is poised to overtake Safari in market share in the desktop browser segment, with 9.54% vs. 9.84% for Apple’s flagship service. Chrome obviously remains number 1, with 62% market share.