Microsoft’s Edge browser is getting a new feature that is sure to appeal to users who frequently need to have multiple websites open at the same time. The experimental browser, called Edge Phoenix, has a split-screen feature that allows users to view two websites side-by-side within the same window. This feature is designed to make it easier for users to compare and contrast information from multiple sources without having to switch back and forth between different browser windows.
The Edge Phoenix concept was first revealed by user researcher Tero Alhonen, who tweeted about the new feature and included a video of it in action. The video shows how users can drag a tab to the left or right side of the screen to create a split-screen view, with the other tab remaining on the opposite side of the screen.
According to WalkingCat, a Microsoft insider who frequently tweets about the company’s projects, the Edge Phoenix concept is an “imaginary” version of Edge that was created by the MS User Research team to collect feedback on the browser’s development direction and priorities. The split-screen feature was the most popular aspect of the concept, with users praising its ability to make it easier to navigate and compare information from multiple websites.
'Phoenix' was an 'imaginary' version of Edge, appeared as an internal concept video from MS User Research team, with new UI/features, it's a project to collect feedbacks internally for Edge development directions/priorities, 'Split-Screen' was the most liked feature of Phoenix🤓 pic.twitter.com/DRrLwN8x01
— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) January 26, 2023
Some users, however, have questioned the need for a split-screen feature in Edge, arguing that it’s already possible to view multiple websites side-by-side by dragging them out into separate windows. But WalkingCat argues that the Edge Phoenix team believes that having multiple windows open can be “cluttered” with duplicated elements and confusing tabs and windows management.
It’s important to note that Edge Phoenix is only an experimental concept at this point and it’s not clear if or when it will be released to the public. But the positive feedback on the split-screen feature suggests that it could be a valuable addition to the Edge browser if it does make it to the final version.
The Edge Phoenix team is continuing to collect feedback and test new features, so it will be interesting to see what other changes they have in store for the browser. With Edge Phoenix, Microsoft is looking to make browsing experience more efficient and user friendly in order to compete with other browsers in the market.