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Background downloading coming to Microsoft Edge ‘Mobile’

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Microsoft Edge web browser in Windows 10 Mobile to get background download feature

Microsoft has confirmed on Twitter that the Windows 10 Mobile browser (Microsoft Edge) will get the ability to download web content in the background. Microsoft’s Edge will be available to Windows Insiders soon (replacing the current Project Spartan), but the background downloading feature will be coming in a later release.

Microsoft has separated important parts of the OS into standalone apps, available for download/ update from the Windows 10 Store. That would make possible fast updates of native apps directly from the Store, without the need for full OS updates to improve or fix small problems with the browser, photo, music and other apps.

Ade Bateman, who is responsible for the development of the Edge, has confirmed that the background download feature will be coming to the mobile browser through an update available from the Store. This functionality would improve the multitasking capabilities and allow users to download files when their browser is not active.

Microsoft Edge will replace the current Internet Explorer found in all old Windows editions. The browser in the current Preview build for phones (10136) and PCs (10130) has the old “Spartan” branding, but Microsoft promises that ‘Edge’ will debut in the next flights of Windows 10 Insider Preview.