Google Chrome may soon get a screenshot editor — and you can thank Microsoft

Google Chrome looks set to get a few new tools for advanced screenshot editing if a new developer flag in Google Canary is any indication.

According to Neowin, the new tools in the Chrome beta (called Canary, of course) give you the ability to add and resize different shapes like circles, lines, arrows, and squares, along with options to adjust thickness, different brush shapes, text captions and more.

Microsoft Edge also has a capture feature called Web Capture, but right now you can only add hand (or mouse) drawn annotations on the resulting image.

Neowin couldn’t get most features to work properly, if at all, and it looks like the new features are in the very early stages of development, so there isn’t much you can do with them yet (it even removes your screenshots if you refresh the browser). But it does exist: Download Canary from Google and type “chrome://flags” in the address bar, then enable “Desktop screenshots” and “Desktop Screenshots Edit Mode”, and restart your browser.

To capture a webpage, select the “Share” button on the far right of the address bar and select “Screenshot” and select “Edit” when the screenshot preview appears.

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Earlier this week, Microsoft Edge officially captured over 10% of the desktop browser market share for the first time, although it was still far behind Google Chrome in terms of user base (Chrome has around 6 .5 times more users than Chrome today).

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Still, that doesn’t mean Google Chrome can just keep rolling when a hungry, well-funded rival roars from behind. When Chrome took over the market and became the only real game in town (other than a declining Firefox), it could afford to be just a browser and rely on others to develop extensions of its features.

That’s not what Microsoft does, however, and the more feature-rich Edge becomes, the more appealing it will be to those wary of third-party extensions. Many extensions do not work well with each other; many come from dubious sources.

Sure, a Chrome extension can easily replicate the screenshot functionality of the Edge browser, but giving that power to a third-party app that might secrete your screenshots for a specific purpose is a dicey proposition for many. People will trust that Microsoft won’t do the same, and so Edge becomes more appealing.

If Google wants to keep its… advantage, it will have to meet Microsoft where it is and develop its own internal features rather than just relying on others. This means that Google Chrome will hopefully become a much better product than it otherwise could have been.

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