Microsoft is Testing an In-Browser “Games” Panel in Edge

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Microsoft Edge recently have an offline surf game, like Chrome’s Offline Dino Runner Game. To improve the browser’s game features and overall capabilities, Microsoft is now testing a new Games panel within Edge to allow users to easily access different types of games.

New games panel in Microsoft Edge

The new Games panel in Microsoft Edge was recently spotted by a Chromium/Chrome tipster called leopeva64-2. the tipster went to reddit to share a few screenshots and show the feature in action.

Enable Microsoft edge games panel via settings
Image: u/Leopeva64-2

According to the screenshot above, the new The “Games Button” switch is in the Appearance section in Edge’s Settings menu. The tipster says it is disabled by default and users should manually enable it by going to the Settings menu -> Appearance -> Games option in the browser. Once enabled, a new “Games” button with a joystick icon will appear in the top bar of the browser, next to the URL bar.

Clicking the button opens an overlay “Games” panel on the right side of the browser. One thing to note is that it does not interfere with the Edge user experience. You can see how it will look like:

Microsoft Edge games panel on the right
Image: u/Leopeva64-2

The Games panel contains numerous HTML5 games, including: chess, Microsoft Solitaire, Microsoft Sudoku, Merge Fruit, Microsoft Jewel and many others. Since these games are HTML5 based, users can play them in the browser itself, without having to download them. In addition, users can browse different categories of games through the new Games panel in Edge. The categories include: Microsoft classics, arcade, Plates and cards, Puzzle, Sport, and more.

Microsoft edge games panel game options
Image: u/Leopeva64-2

The new Games feature in Edge is currently available to a small number of Microsoft Edge Canary users, meaning it is still in its testing phase. We expect Microsoft to roll it out to more beta testers in the coming days, before adding it to Edge’s stable build. Although there is a chance that Microsoft will not introduce this feature.

In addition, the company is also test the RSS feeds feature, which will be part of the Collections section. This feature allows users to track certain websites and their content with ease.

Let us know your thoughts on the new feature of the Games panel in the browser on Microsoft Edge in the comments below. Also stay tuned for further updates on the same.

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