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No Microsoft Edge browser extensions until 2016

Microsoft has announced it’s delaying the launch of extensions for its new Edge browser for Windows 10.

The add-ons, which would bring third-party developers into the game and allow for users to personalise their experience, were expected to launch this year.

Now they won’t arrive until 2016, with Microsoft claiming it’s “actively working” to create the most secure model.

That rules out the expected debut of the extensions within Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 10 update, expected to arrive next month.

“We’re committed to providing customers with a personalised web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said (via The Verge).

We’re actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016.”

Once Microsoft does roll out support for extensions, it should be easy enough for users to add them directly from the Windows Store.

The firm is also planning to offer a tool for Chrome and Firefox developers to port their own apps over into the Edge ecosystem.

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Given the continued security mishaps associated with browser extensions and their tendency for slowing down users’ computers to a crawl, Microsoft is wise to be prudent.

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