15 January 2020
Microsoft has released a new Canary build of its Chromium-based Edge browser that brings one significant feature, which is Collections. Microsoft calls it the experimental preview of Collections for Microsoft Edge since it’s making its debut via the most unstable version of testing. Microsoft announced and demoed this new feature during its Build 2019 event and now it’s making the same available for testing.
Collections as the name implies, it collects or pulls together similar tasks so that you can get most of the information and compare them as well. For instance, if you’re an event or a trip organizer, Collections will help in pulling together all your trip information as well as ideas. Similarly, students can collect and organize their web research over a specific subject and create reports accordingly.
Microsoft mentions that currently Collections is an early preview and will continue to evolve as it moves forward. It is available behind an experimental flag and is turned off by default. So, to try out the new Collections feature, you must be in Canary channel first which you can download from the Microsoft Edge Insider website. Once you get in, you’ll need to manually enable the flag.
Click the dropdown and choose Enabled, then select the Restart button from the bottom banner to close all Microsoft Edge windows and relaunch Microsoft Edge.
So, once the flag is enabled, you can open the Collections pane from the button next to the address bar to get started with your first collection.
Microsoft has even offered a small tutorial on its blog post to tell how to make your first collection. You can go through the step by step guide.
Microsoft also mentions that apart from just adding or creating a new Collection, you can also edit it. Take, for instance, if you want to rearrange something or remove content then this could be done in a breeze. You can also export your collection or a subset of it to Microsoft’s another application like Excel. You can do this using the Share icon provided in every new Collection. You can also use the Copy icon to add the selected items to your clipboard.
However, Microsoft mentions that sending content to Excel is currently available for Windows 10 or above. But it would add support for Windows devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8 soon.