Many of the features that appear in Edge aren’t all that useful, but back in October, Microsoft showed off a real-time browser tab sharing feature that seemed interesting. Now you can help Microsoft test it.
Microsoft has opened the preview of Edge Workspaces, a collaboration feature in the browser, for personal Microsoft accounts. Until now, the feature was limited to corporate deployments of Microsoft Edge and only if the organization’s IT administrators enabled it.
To get started, sign up for the Edge Workspaces Preview. The new preview only works for personal Microsoft accounts and is currently limited to Edge for Windows v111 and higher only. School and work accounts, as well as Mac and Linux users, will have to be left out. Microsoft hasn’t said when, or if, the feature will come to other platforms. Once you’re in the trial program, you’ll receive five invites to share with friends and family.
Edge Workspaces still works as originally described: you can create a link to a workspace from the Edge browser, and then share it with anyone else using Edge. People who join the workspace will see the tabs you have open, and if someone else opens a new tab, it will appear in their browser as well. It’s like a Google Docs-style combination of bookmarking and collaboration, with profile pictures in the tabs to indicate who’s using which tabs. This isn’t a remote desktop session, though: everyone still needs their own account login for any restricted pages or documents, and each person is in control of which tab is visible on their own PC.
Hopefully Edge Workspaces will be available to everyone on Edge soon; it could be one of the most useful features to come to Edge in years.