comscore A weird Microsoft Edge bug makes the browser print the wrong numbers

A weird Microsoft Edge bug makes the browser print the wrong numbers

The bug makes the browser display one set of numbers and prints another.


In one of the weirdest bugs we have come across of late, Microsoft’s Edge browser is facing an issue with numbers. Reportedly, the browser displays the correct string of numbers in a PDF, but when printed, the same content appears drastically different. Also Read - Microsoft working on improving Windows 11 performance with updates starting next year

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First noted on Microsoft s developer portal, the issue was described as, Edge displays PDF correctly but printed content differs notably. Apparently, the problem is reminiscent of a bug that afflicted Xerox photocopiers a couple of years ago, and sees the browser displaying one set of numbers and printing another. “Printed content depends on selected printer, on printer settings, and on used computer (please try a different setup if first result looks correct),” the developer portal notes. Also Read - Microsoft launches Surface Go 3 in India with Windows 11 inbuilt, pre-orders begin today

The person who originally reported the problem cites an example in which Windows 10’s default web browser “displays 123456 in PDF but prints 114447.” The cause of the problem is not known, and it appears to vary from one system setup to another. However, it is reproducible in Microsoft Edge 38.14393.1066.0 running the Microsoft EdgeHTML engine 14.14393, as well as Microsoft Edge 40.15063 running EdgeHTML 15.15063.

Coincidentally, this bug report comes around the same time that Microsoft is testing the the Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge browser. The Application Guard is a new feature, which essentially encases your browser in a virtual machine, so that if your browser ever gets attacked by malware, it won t affect the rest of your PC.

The Application Guard is designed to stop attackers from establishing a foothold on the local machine or from expanding out into the rest of the corporate network. The feature not only isolates potential threats from the network and system, but also removes them when the container is closed.

It is currently only available to test for Insiders, and the general public will be able to test Windows Defender Application Guard in a few months time after Microsoft launches the Windows 10 Redstone 3 Update.

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  • Published Date: May 9, 2017 10:39 AM IST

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