Microsoft is working on a new feature, called Drop, for its Edge browser, which will make it easier to share files and notes across devices wherever Edge is installed. The feature was initially discovered by Neowin , appears to appear on a sidebar (when used in the desktop version of the browser), and is similar to a messaging service, except that you send messages to yourself only.
Depending on what the screenshots below show, you can send almost anything through Drop, whether it’s text or attached to a file. It looks like you can use it as cloud storage of some sort, and in fact, it might actually just be cloud storage. In one of the screenshots, we can see that Edge shows how much space is currently used on the user’s OneDrive account, which indicates that files sent via Drop are directly on OneDrive and count toward your storage plan. At this point, you might be wondering why not only use OneDrive, but accessing those files will probably be more convenient. It’s also a way for Microsoft to try to sell you more of its products — something the company loves to do with its browser.
Drop is currently only available to Microsoft Edge Insiders who are running the latest version available in the Canary Channel.
Microsoft is constantly working on new features for Edge, which you may or may not like. Recently, the company partnered with CloudFlare to offer Secure Network Mode, a built-in VPN service that encrypts your data as you surf the internet. During last week’s Build event, Microsoft also announced that it is improving the PWA experience on Edge.
If you want to try the Drop feature right now, you can try downloading the latest version of Canary from Microsoft Edge and see if you are one of the lucky few who have this feature. If you are, you can enable the Drop button by going to the three-dot menu and then choosing Settings -> Appearance.