Microsoft is currently testing a new feature in the Edge web browser that allows users to edit images before saving them to their local system.
Discovered by Reddit user Leopeva64-2, this new feature enables basic image editing features such as cropping, adding markup, adjusting, and applying filters.
The new feature is currently being tested on Microsoft Edge Canary, but only some Edge instances are enabled. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be an experimental flag to unlock the feature.
Edge users enabled in the browser can see new options by right-clicking on the image or hovering over the image. The right-click menu shows the Edit Image option as a new entry, and the mouse hover option shows a new icon under the Visual Search icon. Activating an icon displays a menu of image editing commands, including an option to hide the icon on the active site or all sites.
Windows users looking at the image editor may find it similar to the editor Microsoft has built into the Windows Photo app. The interface is similar, but with some changes.
The four main editing options, crops, adjustments, filters, and markup are in the same place. If you use zoom to save and restore the replaced location, the bottom control bar with rotation and other image editing options will look the same.
The same applies to the submenus of the available editing tools.[調整]Click to display the same sidebar where you can edit the light and color related parameters of the image. When you select markup, the available markup tools are displayed on the left side instead of the bottom. Otherwise, the tool has the option to use the pen or highlighter directly on the image.
Does the web browser need an image editing function?
Edge users who want to edit the images they find in their browser have had two options so far. You can either save the image and open it in an image editor, or use the built-in web capture tool. The latter is very basic as it only supports drawing on images.
Image editors are more powerful than those offered by the Photos app and Microsoft Edge, but they aren’t always needed, for example, to quickly highlight or crop parts of an image. Still, most Edge users may have no use for editing downloaded images.
Some might say that Microsoft is adding too many features to Edge and the browser is bloated. On the other hand, you can turn this feature off to get out of the way.
now you: Browser image editor, yay or yay?