Microsoft’s Edge Browser is Crashing if Google is Your Search Engine
If you are using Microsoft’s new Edge browser and it keeps crashing, you are not alone. Twitter and many other social platforms started reporting the issue but thankfully Microsoft is aware.
The issue right now is that if you have Google set as the default engine and try to type in the search bar, the browser may crash. The problem is related to “Search Suggestions” and when that API is called, the browser crashing instantly.
I am seeing it on my dev and release channel builds of the browser. If you have been experiencing this issue, you can navigate to edge://settings/search and turn off the feature as a workaround.
Are you seeing Edge crash when trying to type into the address bar? The team is looking into it! In the meantime, as a workaround, please turn off Search Suggestions here: edge://settings/search. We'll follow up once we have more!
— Microsoft Edge Dev (@MSEdgeDev) July 30, 2020
While there is a workaround, this is a serious issue for Microsoft who has begun telling corporate customers to start using the browser. For technical users, this workaround is easy to enable, but for less technical users, they may assume that it is their install crashing and switch back to Chrome for stability.
Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. Hopefully, they can deploy an update on the backend to resolve the issue and not require everyone to update their browser.
[Update] The issue has now been resolved but Microsoft has yet to explain the cause of the issue.
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