The world of web browsers may be on the verge of a significant shift, as Microsoft is reportedly testing the integration of a Web3 wallet into its Edge browser, according to software documenter and info leaker Albacore.
In a series of tweets, Albacore revealed alleged user interface (UI) screenshots, illustrating the early stages of Microsoft’s new crypto and nonfungible token (NFT) friendly wallet.
Newest in the gauntlet of questionable upcoming Microsoft Edge features, a crypto wallet 💸
Not really sure how to feel about this kind of thing being baked into the default browser, what are your thoughts?
More screenshots of the UI in the next tweet ➡️ pic.twitter.com/GAUPiZGLIY — Albacore (@thebookisclosed) March 17, 2023
If the reports prove accurate, Edge users will soon be able to buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies and NFTs directly from their browser-based wallet. The wallet appears to be non-custodial, with Microsoft having no access to passwords or recovery keys. Interestingly, it will be embedded within Edge rather than installed as a browser extension. To date, though, Edge is still largely based on the Chromium codebase, released by Google.
The user interface (UI) screenshots shared by Albacore indicate that Microsoft is making a concerted effort to facilitate seamless crypto transactions by integrating functionalities from established crypto exchange Coinbase and Web3 infrastructure firm MoonPay. These platforms will aild users in purchasing and depositing c