Microsoft is testing a powerful new Math Solver for Edge tool that will solve any formula on a web page for you.
Microsoft Edge’s adoption of the Chromium engine has seen the once-maligned browser come in leaps and bounds. After initially catching up with Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft is now starting to introduce completely unique features that really make the browser stand out from the crowd.
The testing ground for many new features and options that ultimately lead to the major version of Edge are the Canary versions. The latest addition to the browser sees the arrival of Math Solver – but only for certain users.
This feature will be well received by students struggling with homework, as it helps to quickly find the solution to formulas and other math problems. The tool is driven by Bing and it is incredibly powerful. It can be used in two ways.
The first option is to manually type in an issue using your keyboard – and an extended onscreen keyboard – but there’s a selection tool available to you as well. Using a lasso tool, you can draw around a formula or equation you’ve come across online, much like selecting part of an image in an image editor. Math Solver then uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to read the problem, convert it to an Edge readable form, and then solve it for you.
As Math Solver is currently only available in the Canary version of Microsoft Edge, you will need to run that version of the browser to have a chance to try it. But even then, it looks like Microsoft is doing a gradual rollout or A / B testing because not everyone running the latest version of Canary can see the tool.
You need to make sure that you are using the Canary version of Edge 90 or higher, and you can download it from the Microsoft Edge Insider website. You will need to manually activate the feature if it is available to you; you just need to click on the three dot menu at the top right of the program window and then click on Settings > Appearance > Show math solver button.
If Microsoft has made Math Solver available to you, you can continue and start using it immediately by clicking the formula button on the toolbar.
Unfortunately, if you don’t see it, it seems like there is nothing you can do but sit back and wait for it to unfold on a larger scale. While it is often possible to activate an indicator in the browser to access the experimental functionality, this is not the case here.