MS Edge, autoplay video blocking coming to new release

Microsoft Edge may be about to win a lot of fans by introducing a new feature that it says could prevent one of the most annoying things about being online. A new update to the browser suggests it is looking at a way to block auto-playing videos by default when a user navigates to a website. People spotted a new entry to the Microsoft Edge Canary browser where the company tries out its in-progress updates, that suggests auto-playing videos may have had their day at last.

The new addition, for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, is called “Autoplay Limit Default Setting”, with the description suggesting that Microsoft Edge would set the media autoplay setting to “Limit” as a default – stopping videos from starting up when a user lands on a website.

Currently, Edge offers two options for users to control media autoplay – “Allow” (the current default setting), where all videos on a website will play automatically with sound, and “Limit”, where media won’t be autoplayed on sites that a user has previously visited. It appears that Microsoft is looking to test the feature in Canary before rolling it out to a wider user base – as blocking autoplaying videos can cause issues for some websites.

The same Canary entry also hints at a future “Block” option, which would presumably stop any videos or media from playing when a user lands on a website. However, this feature, which is also listed as being available for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, doesn’t appear to be enabled as yet.

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