Microsoft Edge Gets Kids Mode for Safer Browsing, Adaptive Notification Requests

Microsoft Edge has introduced a kids mode on the browser. Designed to offer web browsing in a child-friendly, customizable way, the new Kids Mode is currently being rolled out in US English only on Windows and MacOS.

In addition, Microsoft Edge has also rolled out adaptive information requests that study data to show notification requests from websites that other users do not like to see. This new notification-filtering feature has been introduced in Microsoft Edge 88 Stable for all users.

Microsoft Edge Kids Mode Features

Announcing the new feature on its product support blog page, Microsoft detailed what a user can expect from their Kids Mode on Edge. For starters, the new mode adds several “security railings” that ensure a harmless web browsing experience for children.

Kids Mode sets Bing SafeSearch as ‘strict’ by default. It also brings custom browser themes, child-friendly content, and requires a password to exit. Interestingly, Microsoft Edge users do not need a child account or profile to access Kids Mode.

To enable Kids Mode on Microsoft Edge, follow these simple steps:

Click on the profile icon from the top left corner of the search bar and select Browse in Kids Mode. Note that you do not need to be signed in to your profile to access this option. However, signing in will sync the Kids Mode setting to all of your devices.

Choose the appropriate age from the options 5-8 years and 9 and older. This should open Kids Mode on your browser.

To exit, click on the Kids Mode icon from above the browser (looks like a purple alien emoji).

Select the Exit Kids Mode window.

Enter your password and other credentials to exit.

You can tinker around with the settings by going to Settings> More> Settings> Family. You can manage allowed sites and enable more family friendly features here.

Microsoft Edge adaptive notification request feature: how it works

Microsoft detailed the process of how adaptive notification requests work on Edge through a blog post. In July last year, Microsoft introduced cool notification requests to the Edge 84. This helped in figuring out how the requests would appear prominently.

“When we met quiet requests, we found that user notifications had been reduced to a great extent about unwanted notifications,” the company said. “At the same time, we noticed that fewer users were accepting information on popular websites earlier with higher acceptance rates, and we began to hear feedback from users about how to enable or understand notifications for their favorite sites didn `t come. They no longer received notifications from their favorite sites. ”

To offer a balanced solution to this problem, Microsoft developed adaptive information requests to maximize the value of notifications while minimizing annoying pop-ups at the same time.

To do this, Microsoft studied how users developed notifications using notifications to determine which sites received negative feedback and which ones received positive signals from users. Responded to a notification system. Microsoft said it would continue to study regularly updated data to show users pop-up notification requests from sites that other users are notable and block others.

Microsoft says that it has rolled out this new experience for all users on the Microsoft Edge 88 stable, following the results of users on the Beta, Canary and Dev channels.