When Microsoft launched Edge with Windows 10, it only allowed you to directly import bookmarks from Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. They have now added a third option: Mozilla Firefox! Learn how to directly import Firefox bookmarks into Microsoft Edge with a couple of clicks after the bump.
At Build 2016 event, Microsoft announced a ton of new features for Windows 10, primed for its big Anniversary Update expected in June-July this year. Redmond promised they would release a preview of these features in an Insider Preview Build, and they kept that promise with Build 14316 which includes Bash scripting, an official Dark mode, improvements and new feature addition to Cortana, and Edge browser, among many, many more.
One of the nicer and important new features in Microsoft Edge in Insider Preview Build 14316 is the ability to import bookmarks from Firefox. Previously, users had to follow a more complex process where they first had to export bookmarks from Firefox in an HTML file, and then import said file into Edge. This is now a one step process in the latest build of Microsoft Edge.
Important Note: As of typing, this only works for Insider Preview Build 14316 or later. If you don’t know what that means, you need to join the Windows Insider program, and install a new build of Windows 10. Microsoft will introduce this feature to all Windows 10 users later this year. We will update this post when that happens.
The Settings menu in Edge
Here’s how Firefox bookmarks import works. Launch Edge browser. Go to Settings > Import favorites from another browser. Select Firefox and then click on Import. All your Firefox bookmarks will now show up in a separate Firefox import folder.
As part of this new feature, Microsoft changed how importing of favorites works for other browsers, too. Previously, importing favorites from Chrome or IE would mix them up in your current Edge bookmarks. Now, they’re imported in a dedicated folder. Nice little touch, Microsoft!
Microsoft is doing a great job at updating Edge. It has gone from being a barebones IE replacement, to being a genuinely great browser with support for extensions, pinning tabs, and a whole lot more you can learn about from the Edge category here at Windows Clan.
I myself will stick to a combination of Safari and Chrome for now. The former’s awesome syncing with iPhone, iPad, and MacBook can’t be found elsewhere, while the latter’s awesome extensions support and developer tools are unbeatable, too.