November 27, 2020
New Microsoft Windows Background Notifications Feature Operates Even when the Browser is Closed

Microsoft just Made a Change to the Way Edge Handles Notifications and Users are Bound to Hate It

Microsoft has made a small but very significant change to the way its Edge browser manages notifications, which people probably won’t like…

The most recent update to Microsoft’s flagship internet browser, the new Chromium-powered Edge, comes with a couple of welcome changes (and at least one, not so welcome). For instance, there’s an improved PDF experience. What’s more, it’s now easier to multitask. But, one change is nearly guaranteed to annoy users to no end. 

New Microsoft Windows Background Notifications Feature Operates Even when the Browser is Closed

With the roll out of Microsoft Edge 85, there’s a preset which brings a new tool called Background Notifications. Although that might seem like it’s a better way to manage notifications from websites, it’s actually a medium for surfacing notifications — even when the browser is closed and inactive. That’s right. It doesn’t matter if the web browser is open or not, those notifications will still pop up regardless.

Given how abused these notifications already are, and the fact that most people aren’t tech savvy enough to turn them off, this new tool will likely frustrate Edge users with constant notifications, no matter if the browser is up and running or closed out, their screens will still populate said notifications.

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