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Microsoft Edge could soon save you money on online purchases

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Price comparison and coupon sites can help users save a bit of cash when shopping online and now Microsoft is planning to add both of these features to its Edge browser to help it stand out from the crowd.

As reported by BleepingComputer, the software giant's price comparison tool and coupon autofill features are currently a work in progress with only basic functionality enabled at the moment.

The price comparison feature was first discovered in Microsoft Edge's Dev and Canary builds and the tool performs price comparisons on retail product pages added to a Collection. Internally, the tool is named 'MSColllectionsPriceComparison' and once a user adds product pages from specific retail sites, a “Compare prices to other retailers' link appears under a product's price.

If a user clicks on the compare price link, Edge then searches Bing for other matching products and displays their prices. However, in the news outlet's tests, the feature has not yet been enabled and only works with certain retailers including Amazon, BestBuy, Newegg, Walmart and Target.

Coupon autofill

Comparing prices can help shoppers get a better deal on their purchases but so too can coupons, especially when a user doesn't even need to track them down online to use them.

After examining the Canary build of Microsoft Edge, Techdows discovered that the company is in the process of testing out a new feature which will autofill coupons on the checkout pages of online retailers. While the company's new “Show coupons as autofill suggestions” feature is not yet available, Microsoft provides more details on how it will work in the browser's experimental features page, which reads:

“If enabled, Microsoft Edge will show applicable coupons based on the website and the cart information. These coupons will appear as autofill suggestions near the coupon or promotion field during checkout. - Mac, Windows”

If Microsoft's new coupon autofill feature sounds familiar, that is probably because it offers the same functionality as the highly popular Chrome extension Honey. However, the software giant is making it even easier for users to take advantage of online coupons by having this feature built directly into its browser.

For now, Edge's price comparison and coupon autofill features are still in testing but we'll likely hear more once Microsoft is ready to officially add them to its browser.

Via BleepingComputer

Anthony Spadafora

After living and working in South Korea for seven years, Anthony now resides in Houston, Texas where he writes about a variety of technology topics for ITProPortal and TechRadar. He has been a tech enthusiast for as long as he can remember and has spent countless hours researching and tinkering with PCs, mobile phones and game consoles.