Microsoft Edge is working on a new feature that will make it easier for users to switch between multiple profiles. The option to switch profiles can mean less need for individuals to use anonymous browsers.
The new functionality is only available through the Canary and Dev channels, but Edge users who have access to those channels should only be running Windows 10 version 2004 or newer. It’s unclear when Microsoft will bring the feature to its Edge Beta and Stable channels.
Although Edge initially unveiled support for profiles in 2019, users have had to stick with one profile so far. With the Profile Selector, individuals can quickly switch profiles when using progressive web apps, for example if they have different work and personal accounts.
“If you’re installing the same site or PWA on multiple Edge profiles, we’ve introduced a profile selector on the app title bar to switch between profiles from your app,” says Josh Bodner, Community Manager Microsoft. “With this experience, you will only see one app tile in Windows for this app. In addition, when the application starts, it uses the last profile used by the application. “
To change profiles while using a particular app, users must first locate the profile icon in the app title bar, select the alternate profile, and then confirm that a second window will be displayed. The application opened with the new profile.
Microsoft has been working on its profile options for some time, incorporating user feedback into all the new features it launches. This continues with the new profile selector, with the Redmond-based company already asking users if they prefer to choose their default profile each time they install a new app, along with several other questions.