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Microsoft defends sluggish ramp up of extensions for Edge browser

Microsoft last week reminded everyone of at least one reason why Windows 10 users have not gravitated to the company’s Edge, pointing out that developers had published just 70 extensions for the browser over the past 12 months.

“It has been a little more than a year since Microsoft first shipped the number one requested feature for Microsoft Edge — extensions,” wrote Colleen Williams, a senior program manager with the Edge team, in a post to a company blog. “We are excited to share a few updates on the progress we have made since then.”

Williams touted the headway the company had made in convincing third-party developers to craft browser extensions, and more importantly, she said, in building the foundation that will allow more capable add-ons down the line.

“Before we could enable a wider ecosystem of extensions for our customers, we needed to improve the capabilities of our extensions platform to allow new categories of extensions and more features for existing extensions,” Williams said. As evidence of those capabilities, she cited integration between Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps and extensions, improved (and more) APIs (application programming interfaces) opened to developers, and add-on access to the browser’s bookmarks.

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