Microsoft's new Edge browser is showing a lot of promise as the replacement to Internet Explorer for Windows 10. However, its features as of now are pretty basic, with no support for the plugins and extensions found in Internet Explorer.
Windows 10 users that are looking forward to the Chrome-like extensions for Edge, however, will have to wait a bit more. While the upcoming November update for Windows 10 will add some new features to the Internet browser such as allowing users to preview the contents of tabs by hovering the cursor over them, extensions will not be coming to Edge in the update.
Microsoft has released a statement to confirm that extensions will not be supported by the Edge browser until next year at the earliest. In the statement, the company said that extensions for Edge remains as a high priority project, as Microsoft is committed to giving users a personalized Internet experience.
"We're actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016," the company added, confirming that the extensions to Edge will not come until next year at the earliest.
While the news could be considered as disappointing, it may not at all be a surprising one to some, given the silence that Microsoft has displayed on the matter. Developers have not yet received required information needed to create extensions for Edge, and Insider preview releases also have not contained any signs of support for Edge extensions.
The update for Windows 10 to be released next year, named the Redstone update, would be much larger compared to the upcoming November update, named Threshold 2. In Redstone, Microsoft will be adding to the operating system's core features, one of which could very likely be extensions for Edge.
Microsoft could be taking a risk with the delayed launch of Edge extensions though, as users may have decided by then to ditch Edge and continue their Internet usage on other browsers.