Crypto Wallet Prototype Discovered In Microsoft’s Edge Browser• March 18, 2023 3:33 pm • Comments
It looks like Microsoft may have some plans when it comes to getting involved in the crypto, blockchain, and the Web 3.0 space.
There were some screenshots that were shared earlier by an unknown software researcher that showed that there was a prototype of Microsoft’s Edge browser being integrated with non-custodial crypto wallets.
If the screenshots are true and the company actually has plans to get involved with crypto, this would be a huge milestone for the industry given the large customer base of existing Microsoft products.
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Edge also has a decent amount of users although it pales in comparison to more popular browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox.
With that being said, it looks like this new enhancement is already in the Edge browser and is just simply hidden at the moment.
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
Albacore cautions that Microsoft builds and tests a lot of things that never see the light of day.
“[The] Edge team are kings of throwing every imaginable thing at the wall and seeing if it sticks,” the researcher said. “The list of obsolete gimmick features that they tried and eventually removed is quite long.”
Even so, Albacore says the Edge wallet functions correctly.
“Considering I was able to use it just fine I’d imagine that a rollout is not out of question,” Albacore told Decrypt. “[I] would hope that if it was a tiny trial they wouldn’t bother deploying the services to production.”
It is unknown at this time if any other Microsoft products will start integrating with crypto wallets.
One of the biggest enhancements that the company could do would be to get it integrated with Windows OS somehow, but that may be quite a stretch at the moment.
Regardless, it is clear that many crypto and tech companies are starting to see the growth potential of Web 3.0 and Ripple itself has also been involved in the space.
Of course, Microsoft has not yet confirmed this or made any public announcements regarding its Edge crypto wallet development.
As crypto becomes more mainstream as a form of alternative finance, it seems that the overall tech industry will also follow to facilitate its mainstream adoption.
— U.Today (@Utoday_en) March 17, 2023
Microsoft is reportedly working on integrating a crypto and nonfungible token (NFT) friendly Web3 wallet into its Edge web browser.
In a March 17 Twitter thread, software documenter — and occasional info leaker — Albacore shared a series of supposed Edge user interface (UI) screenshots showing the early stages of the firm’s new Web3 wallet.
“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,” Albacore pessimistically noted.
The first screenshot is of an introductory page to the Edge wallet, with Microsoft seemingly noting that: “we encourage you to test our first Web3 wallet and provide candid feedback along the journey.”
Just In: Microsoft is building a non- custodial #Bitcoin and crypto wallet to be integrated into its’ Edge browser.
This means Microsoft will not have access to users private keys.
— Crypto Investors Network Africa (@CINA_Official) March 18, 2023
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