The Edge browser sends displayed images to Microsoft servers

The Edge browser sends displayed images to Microsoft servers – but can be disabled

Quite popular Microsoft Edge browser has many tools and built-in features to improve user experience. However, some of them can cause serious concerns for users who want to keep their data confidential.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

Probably many want to turn off the feature that sends all photos viewed online to Microsoft servers. According to the company itself, Edge has a built-in tool for improving image quality – the so-called. “Super Resolution” (Super Resolution). This feature allows you to increase the clarity, brightness and other characteristics of the image. While really interesting and useful, recent Microsoft Edge Canary updates have shed some light on how the improved quality is achieved. And that can only be cause for concern.

The Microsoft Edge Canary browser option now warns that the images you are viewing are not processed by the computer itself or any other electronic device – a link to the images is sent to Microsoft servers and the processing takes place there. The biggest problem with Super Resolution is that, like other controversial Edge services, the tool is enabled by default and special steps are required to disable it. To date, users automatically give the browser permission to send such materials to the company without prior notice.


Image source: 3DNews.

To correct the situation, you need to go to the main menu of the browser settings and select the section “Privacy, Search and Services”. If you scroll down the list, you need to find the switch “Image Enhancement in Microsft Edge”.

The company is already working on making the function more flexible. According to reports, in future updates it will be possible to choose which pages are forbidden to enhance images. This option is already available to Microsoft Edge Canary users.

    Image source: Neowin

Image source: Neowin

It is known that the browser also has a feature that allows you to improve the image quality of the videos played in its window. However, in this case, the processing is done right on-site via the computer’s discrete graphics card itself, without sending the content to Microsoft.

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