Background downloading coming to the Microsoft Edge browser in a later version of Windows 10 Mobile

The Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10 Mobile is going to be an app, giving Microsoft the ability to quickly offer updates through the Windows Phone Store. One update that will be coming down the road will allow for background downloading on the browser. That means that even with the browser closed, downloads will continue until they are completed.

Today, a tweet from Microsoft Edge Program Manager Ade Bateman revealed that background downloading is being worked on by the Edge team. But Bateman's missive, which was in response to an inquiry, also said that the feature probably wouldn't be included in the initial release of Windows 10 Mobile.

This is a change from Microsoft's position back in April, when the software giant said that background downloading was not being planned for the new mobile browser. Apparently the Edge team changed its mind. Now that Microsoft has confirmed background downloading will be available for the Edge browser, the only question is when it will arrive.

source: @adrianba via WindowsCentral

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18 Comments

1. tedkurd unregistered

Revolutionary

12. waddup121 unregistered

This comment section too funny lol

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Have been a Windows user for a long time. Hope this Windows 10 to be great, as Windows series has been really degraded since Microsoft launched VISTA....

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Microsoft is releasing their new edge browser only for Windows platforms. Then they may as well have kept IE the way it was, and make it more compliant with the HTML5 specs. Considering IE is the least compliant browser on the market today. Edge is only a little bit better. Still making these two browsers the least compliant HTML5 browsers.

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Only took 4 years after google with chrome to do this.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Chrome doesn't let you open files without saving, unlike most browsers which had that features for decades.

4. vacillantfall

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

"decades" internet has been a public use for about 25 years you f**king retard.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Grammatically he's correct. The plural form of decade is decades. This only happens when two or more decades have happened. Have a good day. :)

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Grammar not your strong point? 25 years, is 2.5 decades. See that plural form, plural - meaning more than one? 2.5 is more than 1 is it not? So Decades is VERY much correct.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Chrome doesn't let you open files without saving" Neither does edge according to this article - reading comprehension fail. The biggest feature is being able to update the browser separate from the rom itself. Do you know that everyone else but MS has patched poodle? And the only ones who aren't vulnerable are those on the dev preview or on newer WP's?

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

You're a logic fail, this is a work in progress not meant for the general public. How long has chrome been around compared to this?

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"You're a logic fail, this is a work in progress not meant for the general public. How long has chrome been around compared to this?" So? My point stands - IE on WP cannot be updated separately. People can assume all they want, I have a WP with 8.1 which proves otherwise. In fact, depending on how you look at it, chrome can open stuff without downloading it, sending it to the app to open it. No matter what, WP still is miles behind in usability due to weird design decisions made 4 years ago.

10. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Not coming between you and the other guy, but you are wrong, all the apps from Microsoft can be updated. If they want to send a update only for the browser you can update it thru the app store, same with outlook email and calender, and every other app

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Not coming between you and the other guy, but you are wrong, all the apps from Microsoft can be updated." Incorrect. IE is a core app of WP at this time and cannot be updated separately. Neither can it be uninstalled. If IE could be updated they would have patched poodle months ago. They can't. They also had to rely on a GDR update just to give IE a different browser string to not have web sites issue them crappy versions of content and now spoof themselves as being a webkit browser.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Windows mobile 10 is much better, I been on the technical preview since it was update to have the Lumia 1520 on the release list, since then I never went back to windows 8.1, its like night and day

15. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

When is the official release date? Not what they think it is either.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1415; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I am sure the browser is gonna be brilliant but that logo... looks like a retarded version of IE.

19. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Looking forward to this browser. My one disappointmentb is that they didn't keep it named Spartan. Would have been epic using Spartan with Cortana.

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