Microsoft touts Edge’s new tab page connection to Office 365




Microsoft’s not-quite-ready-for-prime-time browser, the Edge built atop Google’s technologies, will feature an enterprise-centric new tab page, one that IT administrators can customize for employees.

The Redmond, Wash. developer outlined Edge’s new tab page capabilities for corporate customers a week after it announced the first release candidate” of the browser.

“When signed in with an Azure Active Directory (AAD) work account, opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge delivers a dynamic and personalized set of your most relevant Office documents, internal web sites, company resources, and other Microsoft 365 content,” Chad Rothschiller, senior program manager, and Matt Betz, product marketing manager, said in a Nov. 12 post to a company blog.

Absent IT intervention through the setting of group policies, Edge in an enterprise will look and work just as on a consumer’s PC, complete with a new tab page fleshed out from a feed of general news. But plug in GPOs (group policy objects) and the browser becomes a front end for Office 365, Microsoft’s productivity software and service subscription.

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Office 365 users who log in to Edge through an Azure Active Directory account may see a new tab page integrated with the productivity suite and its services, from IT-mandated quick-click tiles to documents likely to need attention.

Each enterprise new tab page will boast eight thumbnails of selected sites, the first three of which can be set by IT (and set so that they cannot be changed by workers). Those sites might be important intranet pages or mission-critical web apps specific to the company at large, a department or team, or even the individual. The remaining five thumbnails – Edge allows only for one row of eight – will be based on frequently accessed sites or created by the device user, as is typical for other browsers’ new tab pages.

(More information about the NewTabPageManagedQuickLinks policy that sets the first three thumbnails is available here.)

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