If you are a power user of Windows, then you might already be familiar with Microsoft’s collection of telemetry and data collection through the operating system. While the practice has attracted plenty of criticism over the years, it looks like the company is doubling down on the collection as it is currently testing a new feature that allow Edge to “share browsing data with other Windows features”.
Although the feature is optional, Microsoft is trying to sell the feature as a way to make browsing-related information directly accessible from Windows search. The latest addition is available with the latest build of Edge. However, a lot of users have criticized the practice regarding the amount of information Microsoft is collecting about users’ device usage.
The official description of the feature reads, “When turned on, Microsoft Edge will connect local browsing data from this profile with the rest of Windows. Turning this feature on will help you find information from your history, favorites, top sites, and recent tabs more easily using features such as the Windows Search box.”
At the moment, the feature is available with the experimental Canary build and it’s unclear if the feature will make its way to next public release of Microsoft Edge.