Microsoft Edge Browser for iPhone, iPad Now Supports eBooks

Microsoft Edge Browser for iPhone, iPad Now Supports eBooks Microsoft Web Browser

Launched in November, Microsoft's Edge web browser for the iPad and iPhone always struck me as a product that was released so MS could check off another box, but it looks like I was wrong.

Microsoft released a new version of the Edge browser for iOS yesterday that included a number of updates:

Here’s what’s new in this update:

  • Sign in with a school or work account
  • On iPad, press the Command key of your attached keyboard to see available shortcuts
  • Improved Hub design
  • Read books on the go
    -Books from the Microsoft Store
    -Bookmarks, annotation and highlights not supported

According to an early report,  the ebooks support is in preview, and there’s no way to shop in the Store from the app. Nevertheless, this is a signpost of MS's future intentions.

You can find the app in iTunes.

via Thurrott

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4 Comments

  1. Allen F30 May, 2018

    Or just more data mining games from ms.

    They would ‘love’ for you to shop at their store, I keep getting emails for ‘points’ if I’d just ‘help them out’ by answering a few questions.

    (Still running 7 as I’m not really interested in their Ver .10 – spymaster edition … 😉 )

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  2. Tom S13 June, 2018

    It is certainly possible to buy a book with Edge from Microsoft. It is just a web site. You can buy books with Safari as well. But the ebook feature is not there yet. Perhaps ‘in preview’ means you have to sign up with Microsoft as a beta tester or something/.

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    1. Tom S13 June, 2018

      I was wrong: reading is there: tap ‘StarMenu’ icon, which reveals Favorites/Reading List/Books/History. Books has my (one and only) book purchase. It goes full-screen in reading mode, unlike Android Edge (on Lollipop device). No annotation or text selection (pretty sure Windows Edge has that). TOC navigation, text size and page theme settings. As they say “it is a start”.

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      1. Nate Hoffelder14 June, 2018

        yes, they hid it very well, didn’t they?

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