Unlike other browser makers which have decided to ignore Google’s Manifest V3 changes, Microsoft has now decided to implement them in the extensions system of its Chromium-based Edge browser.
First announced in October of 2018, Manifest V3 is a set of changes to the Chromium open-source browser engine and the WebExtensions API that updates the way in which browser extensions work with Chrome, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, Edge and other Chromium-based browsers.
Back when Google first announced the changes it proposed under Manifest V3, the search giant said that its goal in doing so was to improve the security and performance of extensions while also giving users more control over what extensions can do and which sites they interact with. Extension developers quickly fired back with concerns that the Manifest V3 updates contained other changes that would render ad blockers, antivirus software, parental control software and other privacy-focused extensions ineffective.
There was also backlash from users and even browser makers who saw the move as a means for Google to tighten its grip on ad blockers which effectively hurt its main business, online advertising. At the same time, Opera, Brave and Vivaldi all announced that they would ignore the Manifest V3 updates so that their users could continue using ad blockers.
Implementing Manifest V3 changes
As a result of the criticism it faced over Manifest V3, Google has since backtracked on some of the changes it wanted to make to how