Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14342 Simplifies Edge Extensions And Ditches Wi-Fi Sense

Microsoft continues to serve up fresh looks of future Windows 10 updates through its Insider Program, and for Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring, there's a new build available, build 14342. Among other things, the newest build introduces updates for extensions in Microsoft's Edge browser.

Rather than have to download extensions and then extract and load them from a local folder, every available extension can now be downloaded right from the Windows Store.

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Replacing the old method of downloading extensions and then extracting and loading them from a local folder, Microsoft made it so that every available extension can be downloaded directly from the Windows Store. That will make things more convenient in the long run, though in order to make the change, currently installed extensions get removed. This is a one-time hiccup—in future updates, Microsoft says extensions will be automatically downloaded and installed.

On a related note, Microsoft says there's a bug in the newest build that prevents you from closing the browser or getting context menus to work if you turn off all extensions without uninstalling them.

With the newest build, Edge now supports real-time web notifications to Edge, which allows participating websites to send notifications through the Action Center, along with Swipe navigation. According to Microsoft, Swipe navigation was the most requested feature since it released Windows 10 Mobile.

As usual, there are a bunch of bug fixes in the latest build. Microsoft also booted Wi-Fi Sense from Windows 10, a controversial feature that allowed users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts automatically. Microsoft said the cost of updating the feature combined with its low usage and low demand made it "not worth" the effort anymore.