Microsoft Edge 104 Released With Data Import Capabilities From Chrome & Security Improvements

A few days ago, Microsoft updated its proprietary web browser Microsoft Edge to version 104.0.1293.47. This update brings new features to the browser as well as added policies. Furthermore, it also patches 3 security vulnerabilities, out of which 2 are of high complexity.

This is why we recommend that you upgrade your Edge browser to the latest version and keep your systems safe.

Let us continue to discuss the new features and improvements, after which you can install Microsoft Edge 104 using the direct download links on your Windows PC (if deleted), or use the guide to update your existing version.

Release Summary

  • Complete Release Build: 104.0.1293.47
  • Release Date: Friday, August 5th, 2022
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110, 8.1, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous BuildEdge 103

New in Microsoft Edge 104

Enhanced Security on the Web

Improvements have been made to the option “Enhance your security on the web” with the addition of the “Basic” option. This will now be the default security option, using which Edge will only apply added security protection to the less visited sites.

To manage this option, navigate to the following location:

Microsoft Edge >> Settings >> Privacy, search, and services 
Basic web security
Basic web security

Import Chrome Data on First Run

Users will now be able to import all of their data from Google Chrome to the Edge browser using the First Run experience, which are the screens you see for the first time running Microsoft Edge.

Using your Google account, you can now transfer your data, including preferences, bookmarks, etc., from Google Chrome to Edge, by syncing your Google account. All you need to do is enter your credentials used to log into Chrome.

Import Chrome data
Import Chrome data

If you do not want this feature, it can be turned off by disabling the First Run policy “Hide First Run Experience” through the Group Policy editor. Navigate to the following path:

Computer configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Microsoft Edge

Here, disable the policy “Prevent the First Run webpage from opening on Microsoft Edge .”

First Run policy
First Run policy

New Policies

A bunch of new policies have also been added to Edge to make it more manageable. Here are their details:

Note: The paths provided are to be used with the Windows Registry editor.

  1. Policy name: AllowedDomainsForApps



    Purpose: Define domains allowed to access Google Workspace.

  2. Policy name: AskBeforeCloseEnabled



    Purpose: Get user confirmation before closing a browser window with multiple tabs.

  3. Policy name: BrowserCodeIntegritySetting



    Purpose: Configure browser process code integrity guard setting.

  4. Policy name: DoubleClickCloseTabEnabled



    Purpose: Double Click feature in Microsoft Edge enabled (only available in China).

  5. Policy name: ImportOnEachLaunch



    Purpose: Allow import of data from other browsers on each Microsoft Edge launch.

  6. Policy name: QuickSearchShowMiniMenu



    Purpose: Enables Microsoft Edge mini menu.

  7. Policy name: PasswordManagerRestrictLengthEnabled



    Purpose: Restrict the length of passwords that can be saved in the Password Manager.

  8. Policy name: PDFXFAEnabled



    Purpose: XFA support in native PDF reader enabled.

  9. Policy name: TextPredictionEnabled



    Purpose: Text prediction is enabled by default.

Download Microsoft Edge 104

If you already have Microsoft Edge on your PC, you can simply upgrade it to the latest build using the guide given further down below. If not, use the links given in the next section to install it now.

Microsoft Edge comes preinstalled in Windows 11 and 10. Learn how to uninstall Microsoft Edge.

  1. Click on the ellipses in the top-right corner of the browser, expand Help and feedback, and then click About Microsoft Edge.

    About Microsoft Edge
    About Microsoft Edge
  2. Edge will now begin to scan for an update, and then download and install it if one is available. Once the download is completed, you will need to Restart the browser.

Once it relaunches, you can return to the About page and check that it has been updated to version 104.0.1293.47.

Updated 6
Edge successfully updated

Download Edge 104 Installers

If you want to use Edge 103 on any operating system other than Windows 11 and 10, like Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Linux, MacOS, iOS, and Android, you will need to download its offline installers.

You can download the latest Microsoft Edge installers (including stable, beta, and dev releases) from this link. You can also download the browser in your preferred language, using the tips given on the above-mentioned page.

Use Portable Edge Chromium Updater

If you are using Edge’s portable version, it will not update on its own. For that, a small tool known as Portable Edge Updater is available on GitHub, which allows you to install or update the existing Microsoft Edge Chromium to the latest build available. You can also use this tool to download the x64 and x86 versions from all channels, including the stable channel and the 3 channels from Edge Insider.

Download the tool by opening the Portable Edge GitHub page and then clicking on the link provided by Portable.Edge.Chromium.Updater….7z.

Download Portable Edge Updater
Download Portable Edge Updater

The tool is then downloaded. Extract it and then run the .exe file. Inside the tool, click on the channel and bit architecture you want to download (the versions are also mentioned). In this case, we will download Edge version 104 from the stable channel.

Download Microsoft Edge 104 Portable

The browser will then begin to update (or download). Once done, you can check if the Microsoft Edge Chromium portable 104 is now available on your device.

Microsoft Edge Update History

Edge VersionRelease DateFeatures & improvements
Edge 12223-Feb-24Addresses 11 vulnerabilities, fixes hiding the sidebar button in the top menu, rebrands “Web capture” to “Screenshot”
Edge 12125-Jan-24Addresses 6 vulnerabilities, organizational branding policies in Edge for Business, added AVIF and AV1 support, e-tree in Wallets, new website typo protection policies
Edge 1207-Dec-23Addresses 8 vulnerabilities, introduces new policies, no new features
Edge 1192-Nov-23Addresses 16 vulnerabilities, improves split-screen restore, ability to manage sidebar app auto-launch, “Always show sidebar” option placed under Copilot settings
Edge 11813-Oct-23Addresses 15 vulnerabilities, and introduces AI-powered Find on Page.
Edge 11715-Sep-23Addresses 14 vulnerabilities, includes More Tools deprecations and unload event deprecation, includes support for Microsoft Edge for Business for BYOPC via Intune.
Edge 11621-Aug-23Addresses 23 vulnerabilities, introduces split screen, ability to drop files across devices, and ability to attach Edge sidebar to desktop.
Edge 11521-Jul-23Microsoft Edge management service, rounded tabs, mouse gestures, split screen view.
Edge 1135-May-23Basic Enhanced Security Mode was removed, shifted to EdgeUpdater on macOS, and introduced new policies, addresses 2 security vulnerabilities.
Edge 1126-Apr-23Introduced Browser Essentials in place of the Performance Hub, improvements to enhanced security mode and some policies.
Edge 11113-Mar-23Bing copilot in the toolbar, auto-hiding sidebar, hover over the sidebar to expand, and policy to clear IE mode history on browser exit.
Edge 1109-Feb-23Introduces Immersive Reader policies, Azure Active Directory synchronization, Drop feature to share files, and several security updates.
Edge 10913-Jan-2314 security updates, 8 new policies, and 2 deprecated policies.
Edge 1085-Dec-22Important security fixes, a new policy to disable Web Select amongst others.
Edge 10727-Oct-22Improved sidebar, new policies, and security fixes.
Edge 1063-Oct-22Improved web defense and increased the maximum number of search results to 4
Edge 1052-Sep-22Improvements to IE mode and enhanced security
Edge 1045-Aug-22Support to import data and enhanced security on the web
Edge 10323-Jun-22Improvements for online and web gaming
Edge 10231-May-22With reverse image search and security improvements
Edge 1001-Apr-22Sends 3-digit user agent string, PDF updates, and hardware-enforces stack protection
Edge 993-Mar-22Custom primary password and PDF navigation
Edge 984-Feb-22Edge Bar, reduced resource consumption
Edge 976-Jan-22Auto-citation, endpoint data loss prevention (DLP)
Edge 9610-Dec-21Super duper secure mode, typosquatting
Edge 9015-Apr-21SSO, PDF printing
Edge 894-Mar-21Vertical Tabs, Sleeping Tabs, Startup Boost
Edge 8821-Jan-21Password generator, transparent privacy controls
Microsoft Edge history

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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