- According to Albacore- a software researcher, Microsoft is working on integrating a crypto/NFT-friendly Web3 wallet into its Edge web browser.
- Albacore shared a bunch of Edge UI screenshots which included Microsoft noting, “we encourage you to test our first Web3 wallet and provide candid feedback along the journey.”
Big tech companies around the world are now paying closer attention to Web3 as they realize the potential Web3 holds. Multinational Tech Corporation Microsoft is now reportedly dipping its feet into the world of Web3.
According to Albacore- a software researcher, Microsoft is working on integrating a crypto/nonfungible token-friendly Web3 wallet into its Edge web browser.
“Newest in the gauntlet of questionable upcoming Microsoft Edge features, a crypto wallet not really sure how to feel about this kind of thing being baked into the default browser,” Albacore’s tweet reads.
In his Twitter Thread, Albacore shared a bunch of Edge user interface (UI) screenshots that suggest that Microsoft is integrating Web3 into its wallet. One of the shared screenshots is an introductory page to the Edge wallet, with Microsoft noting: “we encourage you to test our first Web3 wallet and provide candid feedback along the journey.”
The screenshots also indicate a user interface for a crypto wallet, a decentralized application explorer, a news feed, and the ability to buy crypto through crypto exchange Coinbase and Web3 infrastructure firm MoonPay.
The Web3 wallet offering in Edge browser is not, however, Microsoft’s first foray into blockchain-/Web3-based offerings. The blockchain-related products offered by Microsoft include Azure SQL Database Ledger, Quorum Blockchain Service (QBS), among others.
Further in his thread, the pseudonymous info leaker noted that Microsoft builds and tests a lot of things that never see the light of day. “The list of obsolete gimmick features that they tried and eventually removed is quite long,” the researcher pointed out.
He also suggested that Microsoft’s entry into crypto wallets through Edge Browser may be an attempt to provide more competition to Brave Browser, a privacy-focused browser that also provides Web3 functionality.
Edge Browser was first released for Windows 10 and Xbox One in 2015, replacing Internet Explorer as the default browser on Windows 10. It was launched for Android, Chrome OS, and iOS in 2017 and later for macOS in 2019.