The Redmond firm is working on a new copy-paste option for URLs, enriched with a web preview. The only problem is that this internally tested feature would require sending the copied URL to Microsoft’s servers, to the detriment of user privacy.
Definitely, Microsoft multiplies the missteps with its Web browser. The latest concerns a new feature on which the Redmond firm is working. Edge could integrate an enriched copy-paste function for URLs very soon. Concretely, the URLs copied in Edge could soon include additional information, such as a title or even an overview of the web page concerned. Unfortunately, behind this deceptively brilliant idea, there is a wolf. Because to generate this rich copy-paste, Microsoft would have to compromise your privacy.
The copied URLs are sent to Microsoft’s servers
To work, this novelty unveiled by leaker Leopeva64-2 on Reddit requires that the copied URL be sent to Microsoft’s servers. In any case, this is indicated by the description of the function in the browser settings.
And that may be the reason why this feature is currently only tested internally at Microsoft. Would the Redmond firm be afraid of being pinned again for not respecting the privacy of Edge users?
It must be said that Microsoft has a heavy history in this area. A few months ago, Microsoft was called to order after introducing a function that leaked all the URLs of sites consulted from Edge to Bing.
More recently, the Redmond company introduced a new function supposed to improve the quality of images displayed in its browser. Only problem, it carried out the operation to the detriment of the privacy of users. Because this function, activated by default for some users, required to work to send the URL of the images displayed in Edge on the Microsoft servers. The arrival of this new function of copy-paste enriched with URLs would therefore add a new line to the lackluster record of the Redmond firm.
Above all, the question of the usefulness of such a feature may also arise. Because a few days ago, Microsoft seemed to want to clean up its web browser. The company announced the removal of several features in the next version of Edge in order to improve its performance.