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Microsoft Edge is about to give you an excellent new way to procrastinate

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Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) users will soon get yet another way to procrastinate online after the company added a new "Games" panel to its browser.

After releasing its Chromium-based browser in 2020, the software giant has continued to update it with new features like Vertical Tabs (opens in new tab), Collections (opens in new tab), Web Capture (opens in new tab) and more in an effort to get users to switch from Google Chrome (opens in new tab).

Now though, it appears Microsoft is readying a new feature that will help users kill time online as opposed to being more productive while working from home (opens in new tab). If browser-based games are your thing, then the company's new Games panel in Edge could be the perfect way to help pass the time while waiting for renders or downloads to finish.

Microsoft Edge Games Panel

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Games panel

As reported (opens in new tab) by WindowsLatest and first spotted by Leo Varela (opens in new tab), Edge's new Games panel allows you to play classic games like Solitaire, Mahjong Arcade and others from MSN Games right in your browser.

These games can be accessed from Microsoft's new “Games” toggle in Edge's toolbar though you'll also likely be able to open the new Games panel from the browser's three-dot menu as well.

Clicking on the game controller icon in the toolbar will bring up a new panel on the right side of the browser in a similar way to how Collections work in Edge. From here, you just need to find a game you want to play and the MSN Games website will launch in your browser. Thankfully though, the Games panel will be disabled by default but you can enable it from the Appearance tab in Edge's settings.

While Microsoft's new Games panel is currently being tested out in Edge Canary (opens in new tab), it will likely come to the browser when the next stable update for Edge arrives.

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.