• Microsoft Edge users may soon have access to a crypto wallet feature.
• The leaked screenshots show that the wallet will allow users to purchase, swap, and send crypto assets.
• Microsoft has yet to confirm the feature, but speculation is already swirling about its potential impact.
Microsoft Edge Crypto Wallet Feature
Microsoft Edge users may soon have access to a crypto wallet feature, according to screenshots circulating on Twitter. The leak shows a potential integration of a wallet for cryptocurrencies directly within the popular web browser. While Microsoft has yet to confirm the feature, speculation is already swirling about the potential impact it could have on the growing digital asset market.
Screenshots Reveal Potential Features
Software documenter and occasional data leaker Albacore posted what appears to be early screenshots of the company’s new Web3 wallet’s user interface (UI) on Twitter. A cryptocurrency wallet, an explorer for decentralized applications, a news feed, and the option to purchase cryptocurrency using Coinbase and MoonPay are all shown in the screenshots provided by Albacore. Newer versions of Microsoft Edge have the feature “already baked in,” but users can’t see it or use it since it’s hidden. Screenshots also show that you can swap, send, and buy crypto assets. Crypto exchange Coinbase and Web3 infrastructure firm MoonPay are shown as “integrated platforms that help you buy and deposit crypto to your wallet.”
If confirmed, the Microsoft Edge wallet will be embedded in Edge rather than a separately installed browser plugin, and it will be non-custodial in that Microsoft will have no access to the wallet’s passwords or recovery keys. However, Albacore emphasizes that many of the things Microsoft develops and tests never make it out of the lab.
Microsoft Forays Into Web3
Microsoft has been making strides in the world of Web3, which aims to decentralize data and give users more control over their online experiences. One of its key initiatives is developing its decentralization platform Azure Blockchain Service (ABS). Additionally, they’ve invested heavily into blockchain projects such as R3 Corda Enterprise—a distributed ledger platform designed specifically for business networks—and Ethereum development studio ConsenSys Ventures.
Impact Of Crypto Wallet On Digital Asset Market
If released as planned, this new crypto wallet feature could prove influential in bringing more people into digital asset markets by making them easier to use while also increasing security through non-custodial wallets with enhanced privacy features built-in by default.