The Microsoft Edge browser could be big on rounded corners with a possible new change spotted in (limited) testing at the moment.
Newen (Opens in a new tab) Reports indicate that XenoPanther highlighted the potential change on Twitter, with a screenshot showing Edge Canary (first beta) featuring rounded corners of the actual area of the browser displaying the webpage.
I just noticed that the rounded corners are now there for the area around the visible location pic.twitter.com/B0U3RCkb7eJanuary 13, 2023
Even the sidebar for scrolling down a webpage is rounded at the top and bottom, which is definitely not a look to everyone’s taste (we’ll get back to that in a bit).
Note that as XenoPanther notes, there are other Edge testers — some of whom chimed in with the Twitter thread above — saying they don’t see this change.
So it looks like it’s a mod that’s only been rolled out to a small amount of testers (so-called A/B testers), and depending on how things go, it might be pushed out to more people (still being tested, mind you – to gauge further reaction from a larger user base). ).
Analysis: consistency first – but does this go too far?
There are some people who don’t really care about the new circular look of the central area where the web page is displayed in Edge. The plus here is that the zoom is not only present when the browser is displayed in the window, but also when it is viewed in full screen mode.
The latter looks a bit odd, we have to agree, and is inappropriate when engaging in full-screen video viewing for example – and also loses you a bit of screen real estate for viewing the video.
As one user told Microsoft on Twitter (expletive removed): “Stop giving everything round corners!”
We get it, though — having adopted the round rather than the sharp edge as the overall look of Windows 11, Microsoft is keeping the consistency. Still, that seems like a step too far, perhaps, especially on the full-screen side of the zoom; But this is still an early test, and no doubt the idea will be improved yet (or scrapped based on feedback, perhaps).