They indicate that Microsoft would be working on the integration of a Web3 wallet that supports cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in your Edge web browser.
In a March 17 Twitter thread, the software documentor—and occasional leaker— Albacore shared a series of purported Edge UI screenshots showing the early stages of the firm’s new Web3 wallet..
“The latest in the lineup of questionable upcoming features for Microsoft Edge, a cryptocurrency wallet.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this sort of thing being built into the browser by default.“, Albacore pointed out pessimistically.
Newest in the gauntlet of questionable upcoming Microsoft Edge features, a crypto wallet
Not really sure how to feel about this kind of thing being baked into the default browser, what are your thoughts?
More screenshots of the UI in the next tweet ➡️ pic.twitter.com/GAUPiZGLIY
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) March 17, 2023
The latest in the lineup of questionable upcoming features for Microsoft Edge, a cryptocurrency wallet.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this sort of thing being built into the default browser, what’s your opinion?
More UI screenshots in the next tweet.
The first screenshot is of an introduction page to the Edge wallet, with Microsoft apparently stating: “we encourage you to try our first Web3 wallet and provide honest feedback along the journey”.
If true, it appears that the wallet will not be custodial and Microsoft will not have access to passwords or recovery keysas well as being “built into Edge” instead of being an extension installed in the browser.
The attached screenshots show the ability to exchange, send and buy crypto assetswith the cryptocurrency exchange coinbase and Web3 infrastructure company MoonPay listed as “integrated platforms that help you buy and deposit cryptocurrency into your wallet.”
As for NFTs, the UI simply states: “browse through different markets to find your first NFTas you build your NFT collection, we’ll organize them here.”
Microsoft’s potential move marks another recent effort to significantly increase the offerings and capabilities of Edge, which has generally lagged behind competitors like Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari in terms of popularity.
On February 7, Microsoft announced the integration of AI-powered search engines and chat via OpenAI ChatGPT as part of new updates to its Bing search engine and Edge browser..
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