Microsoft Edge is committed to helping you improve the browser with a new add-on badge system.
Add-ons (aka extensions) are little extras that can be bolted onto the browser to provide all sorts of functionality, but the trick to making Edge better with it is clearly choosing good add-ons, not bloated ones or bad. quality efforts (or even malicious ones at worst).
As an MS Power user (opens in new tab) reports, the new system delivers a badge — a visual icon, present on the product description page and elsewhere — to show that a given browser extension is of high enough quality to earn that label. In short, you know you’re getting something you can trust, and it will work well.
Microsoft says it will soon start experimenting with testing extension badges in the Edge Addons Store (EAS). The company notes (opens in new tab)To: “Edge is starting with a small-scale experiment and will start with the developer community to discuss the criteria and help them become familiar with the badge process on EAS.”
Analysis: Another step in the right direction
Badges will also act as a carrot for developers to create better extensions as well. As Microsoft explains, developers will be encouraged to follow best practice guidelines when building their add-ons to try and qualify for a badge that makes their products more likely to be used by Edge fans. So it’s more likely that the extensions that are created will be of a higher quality overall, or at least that’s the hope.
There are quite a few add-ons in the library available to Edge users right now, so it’s definitely a good idea to separate the wheat from the chaff. According to Microsoft, there are currently nearly 11,000 extensions for Edge, and of course that will continue to grow.
It’s good to see the software giant taking more positive steps to improve Edge as a product. We’ve also had a glimpse of another innovative move recently, the integrated free VPN being tested (and supposedly just released, at least for some Edge users).
This is all refreshing, especially since pushing Edge with additional capabilities and new features is what we want to see, not experimenting with how to jam more ads into Windows 11 to push Edge (let’s stop that already, Microsoft, please).