Updated: Mar 31
Reports said that Microsoft is reportedly working on integrating a crypto and nonfungible token (NFT) friendly Web3 wallet into its Edge web browser.
It has been reported that 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.
Albacore pessimistically noted:
“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.”
However, the wallet will be noncustodial, with Microsoft having no access to passwords and recovery keys, while it will also be “embedded in Edge” as opposed to being an installed browser extension.
The report said that in terms of NFTs, the UI simply states: “browse different marketplaces to find your first NFT, as you build your collection of NFTs, we’ll organize them here.”
Likewise, the potential move from Microsoft marks another recent effort to significantly ramp up the offerings and capabilities of Edge, which has generally lagged behind competitors such as Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari in terms of popularity.
Thus, on Feb. 7, Microsoft announced the integration of artificial intelligence-powered search engines and chat via OpenAI’s ChatGPT as part of new upgrades to its Bing search engine and Edge browser.