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Microsft Store picks up dedicated Edge Extensions tab on windows 10 

Microsoft Default Web browser Microsoft Edge Still struggling to make its way with users who continue to prefer Chrome and Firefox. The browser is still reeling at 5% market share since the launch of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system back in 2015. Now to promote, The edge browser Microsoft has modified the Microsoft Store by introducing a section exclusively dedicated to extensions for the Edge browser. The Edge Extension tab is only viewable for Windows 10 Insiders enrolled in the program and having the latest Store app version 11802.1001.8.0 installed on their PCs. And the Earlier users had to scroll down the homepage to see the title “Edge Extensions”.

According to the Microsoft Store, Edge currently has 98 extensions, as of today. In comparison to the tens of thousands of extensions that support Firefox and Chrome, this number seems rather diminutive. This may be for a variety of reasons, from Edge’s smaller age in comparison to its competitors, to Microsoft’s apparent effort towards ensuring that only top quality extensions make their way to the Store.

Making Edge extensions front and center in the Microsoft Store should be a positive change for both developers and Windows 10 users. As you can see in the image below, Microsoft put a “Recent” category at the top, and some separate dedicated categories below including Adblockers and Password Managers, Productivity, Shopping, Social and Entertainment and For Developers.

This will definitely improve the usability of the Microsoft Store app. Also, it will increase discoverability of extensions, providing the same user experience as Google Chrome Extension Store or Mozilla Add-ons (AMO).

Dedicated Edge Extensions tab on windows 10 
Dedicated Edge Extensions tab on windows 10

The testing process for this tab seems to be Insider Program-agnostic; this tab has been seen both by users enrolled in the program, and those who aren’t. Granted, this may just be an A/B test to see how well this sits with users, so there’s also a chance that after a period of testing, this tab will either be rolled out to all Windows 10 users or scrapped altogether; there’s not much we can do until that point beyond speculate.

We expect Microsoft to roll out the tab to all Windows 10 users after successful testing with Windows Insiders. Only time will tell if the company rolls out the tab to all users or completely remove it from the Store based on the user’s feedback.

To check out the Edge Extensions tab, you’ll want to make sure your Store app is updated to version 11802.1001.8.0. However, be aware that, whether it’s because of a slow rollout or an A/B test, it isn’t available to everyone just yet.

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