Microsoft Edge Goes The Chrome Route, Makes It Easier To Ignore Notification Pop-Ups
Taking cues from a new Google Chrome feature for eliminating abusive pop-ups, Microsoft Edge is also working to make the internet a little less frustrating.
By that, I mean, Microsoft Edge has devised a way to get rid of notification pop-ups that appear every time you head to a particular site. As spotted by folks over at ZDNet, the latest version of Microsoft’s browser, Edge 84, introduces the “Quiet notification requests” feature, which is enabled by default.
It won’t completely disable notifications but instead of being right up in your face, notifications will be relegated to an unobtrusive bell icon you can see in the address bar. You can click on the bell when you’re ready to see any pending notifications, or just ignore them.
This effectively filters notifications instead of blocking them outright, like Chrome’s feature, while still delivering less obtrusive alerts for users who don’t wish to be bombarded with pop-up windows. You can even turn on notifications for each particular site that offers them by clicking on the bell icon, which lets you filter the pop-ups you receive.
If you’d prefer your pop-ups at full “volume,” so to speak, you can always disable to feature. Head over to Notification settings here and select Quiet Notification Requests. Make sure that option is turned off, and you’ll receive your pop-ups as usual, if that’s something you prefer.
Microsoft is also planning on making changes to its Toast notifications, or those that appear at the bottom of your screen in the Action Center on Windows 10, which can tend to pile up if you don’t click on them. When Edge 85 debuts, this will change.
Going forward, these notifications will disappear in 25 seconds, so if you don’t particularly need to know about anything your system is trying to tell you, these pop-ups will disappear.