If you want. Private browsing is a feature that is becoming more and more accepted by users and is now found in all good web browsers. Edge, it seems, is looking to take things to the next level.

A new patent has been discovered that shows Microsoft wants to help users automatically switch a web browser to a private mode when navigating certain websites.

While the patent does not specifically mention Edge by name, it is titled ‘Automation of Browsing Mode Switching’. And as the name suggests, this feature is designed to make it easier for users when they want to hide their web history.

Or even in cases where they have forgotten to enter the InPrivate mode when doing certain activities on the web.

This is how the patent explains things:

“Techniques for automation of browsing mode switching are described. According to various implementations, a web browser is operable in multiple different browsing modes, including a normal browsing mode and a private browsing mode. Techniques described herein enable automatic switching between browsing modes based on different mode triggers, and enable user configuration of various mode change behaviors.”

A diagram, too:

Patent Edge Private Mode

The flow chart above details things in a much more elaborate fashion, revealing that the system includes the detection of websites that are associated with a mode change trigger. This list of sites can be saved on a computer, or on Microsoft cloud services.

Not telling whether this feature is indeed coming to Microsoft Edge, but since it has been filed by Redmond, there is a solid chance that it will be added to the web browser in due time.

Your thoughts on it, however, if any?

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