March 4, 2021
Microsoft Edge will Learn to Deal with Website Notification Behaviors via Crowdsourcing Input Scores

Microsoft Starts Testing a New Way to Deal with Those Super-Annoying Website Notifications

Microsoft is experimenting with different ways to handle website notification requests, by using information gathered through crowdsourcing…

Website notifications have become the latest internet plague. The vast majority of people simply hit “Block” or “X” them out when they pop up. Microsoft even built an automatic disable feature into its Edge browser, starting with version 88. But, this does not give users granular control over how they’d like to manage the alerts. Apparently, there’s enough of them that Microsoft wants to solicit their feedback.

Microsoft Edge will Learn to Deal with Website Notification Behaviors via Crowdsourcing Input Scores

Currently, Microsoft’s Edge browser gives users four options to handle website notifications: allow, block, dismiss, and ignore. Ironically, it’s these very nuances that the built-in handler doesn’t account for. Instead it’s binary, meaning either allow all options, or turn off notifications completely. So, Edge will allow its users to select one of the four options and will collect that data in order to score it. If enough people choose to block the notifications, Edge will automatically disable the alerts.

However, not everyone must participate in the test. Microsoft still has an option to turn the notifications off completely within the Edge browser settings.

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