Microsoft is testing a new feature for Edge. Don’t worry, this time it’s not bloatware. The in-browser password manager may soon allow you to save credentials manually.
Most modern browsers have a password manager, which allows you to easily log into your favorite sites. Much like stand-alone tools (which often require an extension), browsers offer to save the username and password when you log into a website. By allowing it to do so, provides a convenient auto-login option that is triggered the next time you visit the same website. Besides, you don’t need to type long passwords or even remember complicated patterns / phrases.
Password Manager has been part of Microsoft Edge for quite some time, although it lacks an important option, the ability to add passwords without the login process I mentioned above.
For context, Firefox’s password manager Lockwise has had this feature for a long time, but Google Chrome was a bit behind the times, it recently added support for manually saving passwords.
Since Edge is based on Chromium’s source code, it’s no surprise that Microsoft brought this option to their browser. The feature, marked with a redditor, is currently available to some users participating in the Microsoft Edge Canary channel. The screenshots reveal that the feature can be accessed from the Edge Settings> Profiles> Passwords page.
With the addition of the convenient option, you will be able to click on the Add Password button which will bring up a pop-up modal, which will allow you to add the URL of the website login page, the name of user and password, and save it in your browser’s safe. It looks a lot like the Change Passwords panel.
This may not seem like a useful option if you’re using a cloud-based service like LastPass or Bitwarden, or a stand-alone password manager like KeePass. But for people who rely on Edge’s password manager, the option to save passwords manually can be a lifeline. The only other way to add passwords to Edge is to import credentials from other browsers, or an HTML or CSV file.
The new functionality appears to be in the A / B testing phase in the current version available to Microsoft Edge Canary Channel users, version 99.0.1124.0. Once it passes the checks and gets positive approval from the testers, Microsoft will roll out the option to the stable channel.
This is the kind of functionality that users need, not a shortcut to MSN Games or Loans and other nonsense. In case you missed it and wondered what I’m talking about, I recommend reading Martin’s article where he wrote about how recent additions to Edge have clogged up the browser.
Personally, I prefer a stand-alone password manager or a dedicated cloud service, for the sake of cross-platform / device compatibility. I am using KeePass with a cloud service to sync the database to my devices, but I also have Bitwarden as a partial backup.
And you, do you use the password manager integrated in your browser?