Public Preview of the ‘Edge Process for Unified Service Desk’
Why Microsoft Edge?
A few years ago, Microsoft launched its next generation browser “Edge” and relegated ‘Internet Explorer’ to the legacy browser status for opening web applications. Edge continued to evolve both in terms of functionality and user base over the last few years. Here are the key benefits of Edge over Internet Explorer that impact Unified Service Desk customers
- Performance Improvement
Microsoft Edge is known to be faster than Internet Explorer. Our tests show good improvements in load times for Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement app pages (both web client and Unified Interface) when opened in Unified Service Desk using Edge Process as compared to IE Process. In contact center Industry, this performance gain directly results in lower Average Handling Time (AHT) and higher Customer Satisfaction (CSAT)
With the relegation of Internet Explorer to legacy browser status, Unified Service Desk needs to reduce its dependence on Internet Explorer for rendering web applications. Using Edge process for the same is a step towards the browser agnostic Unified Service Desk offering.
- Easy configuration to host the applications
For Unified Service Desk to work well with Internet Explorer, we needed to ensure that some Internet Explorer settings are correctly configured. Otherwise, this leads to poor user experience. Edge does not need any such settings thus aiding the faster deployment.
More Information: Unified Service Desk Administrator
- Support and Reliability
Edge is the default browser for Microsoft. It has a better process and memory management, and the Edge WebView control is sandboxed to ensure that issues in web applications are contained. There is an increased focus on Edge’s reliability and support, in case there are issues.
- Debugging made easy
More Information: Microsoft Edge DevTools Preview
To learn more about the Edge Process for Unified Service Desk, see the Edge Process documentation.
Note: In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced that "we will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop." The blog also clarifies that the technology changes will be "under the hood", gradually over time and thus customers using Microsoft Edge in Unified Service Desk will not be impacted from either admin or agent experience perspective. It also outlines the roadmap of Microsoft Edge to gradually be available on other versions of Windows and non-Windows operating systems in the future. This helps Unified Service Desk customers having a deployment with a mix of operating systems to achieve the same experience.
Call to action
You are encouraged to be part of the Unified Service Desk 4.1 Preview program to test and validate the feature and provide your valuable feedback.
Unified Service Desk with Edge process is supported only on latest Windows 10 Operation system (version 1809).
How to access the public preview:
- You must be a Dynamics Insider to access the public preview. If you are not, please register yourself at the insider portal ( https://experience.dynamics.com/insider )
- Once you login to insider portal (https://experience.dynamics.com/insider) and you will see option to join the ‘Unified Service Desk preview’. Please join it.
- Once joined, the ‘Unified Service Desk preview’ will appear in your “My Previews” section. Open it to see the details. Navigate to download section and download files to install.
- You can report issues in the forum at the insider portal