Microsoft has reportedly started testing a new ‘Vertical View’ for Microsoft Edge’s split screen feature. For those who are unaware, the split screen allows users to run two web pages under one tab.
The new vertical view for the Split screen feature was first spotted by X (formerly Twitter) user Leopeva64. Posting the screenshots of the new layout, the user wrote, “Microsoft has added a new ‘Vertical view’ to Edge’s Split screen feature (Canary).”
Microsoft has added a new “Vertical view” to Edge’s Split screen feature (Canary):https://t.co/HFp06U25OD
— Leopeva64 (@Leopeva64) September 10, 2023
According to Windows Central, the new Vertical view is expected to provide Edge users with two layout options while leveraging the Split screen feature: the horizontal layout with tabs arranged side by side or the vertical layout with the tabs stacked on each other.
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Why vertical view matters for Edge user experience
This will likely improve navigation significantly by allowing users to switch between a vertical and horizontal layout by selecting a three-dot button. Users could also be able to resize them by dragging the divider, as per the report.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also reportedly working to add a new ‘More option’ menu to the Split screen feature. This menu will likely feature two options: one that could allow users to open a link on their current tab and another that opens links in a secondary tab.
Last month, Microsoft announced that users of the Microsoft Edge sidebar can now access their apps and sites directly from their Windows 10 desktop. As an opt-in experience in Windows 10, users can attach the sidebar to their Windows desktop by clicking a ‘popout’ icon near the base of the sidebar in the browser. This enables a side-by-side experience that works with any Windows app including Microsoft Edge itself. “Users enjoy streamlined access to the same set of powerful AI tools and web-based services, including Bing Chat, without launching a browser window, enhancing productivity regardless of where they are in Windows,” the tech giant said.