Saturday, March 6

towards a participatory function to limit notification requests

Get an idea of ​​the general opinion so as not to bother anyone anymore. With Edge, Microsoft is working on a new crowdsourcing feature making it possible to limit the display of notification requests by taking into account the opinions of the greatest number, site by site.

Are you bored with notification requests?  Microsoft has a solution for you, but you'll need to use Edge

Are you bored with notification requests? Microsoft has a solution for you, but you’ll need to use Edge // Gamesdone: Microsoft

They appear as small pop-ups when you browse, often for the first time, on a website: notification requests are in Microsoft’s crosshairs. Unwanted for many users, these should become more relevant on Edge in the future. For the next version of its browser, Microsoft indeed seems to have found an intelligent solution to limit the number, without blocking them systematically.

This solution is simple: call on the crowdsourcing to determine, site by site, whether the display of a notification request is endorsed by the greatest number. If this is the case, Microsoft will consider that it is then likely to interest the user, and allow it to appear normally on the screen.

A more relevant solution than Edge’s silent mode

Conversely, and as Microsoft explains in detail in a blog note, if a majority of users ignore or block a notification request, Microsoft will collect this data to prevent it from being displayed to future users. An efficient way to sort it out.

As recalled The VergeUp to now, Edge offered a silent mode, active by default. The latter (represented by a small bell next to the address bar) had the effect of automatically blocking all notification requests. This solution was, by Microsoft’s own admission, a little too radical since it tended to prevent the activation of notifications even on sites for which many users would have activated them.

Designed for Edge under Chromium, which is now needed on Windows 10 by pushing its ancestor overboard, this new processing of notification requests (nicknamed “adaptive notification request“) Will be deployed after a test phase on Edge 88. For users who do not wish to receive any notification (and who therefore do without these windows), it will be possible to reactivate silent mode by going directly through the settings of the Navigator. Microsoft also plans to automatically block all requests if the user blocks three in a row.

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