By Delia / Last update December 21, 2021

Recently, Microsoft and Google are jointly developing a new API interface, which will make a lot of optimization to the clipboard function of Win 10 and above systems, making it more convenient to paste content between Edge browser and Chrome browser.

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New API will extend the clipboard function of Windows 10/11

It is reported that the API will extend the current clipboard function of Windows, yes, users will be able to copy and paste part of the file in the browser, and the current API will support .JPG, .JPEG, .PNG and HTML formats. This big clipboard update is expected to improve the copy and paste functionality of Windows 10 and Windows 11. This change will be especially helpful for those who deal with frequent online image editors, Office applications, and upload platforms.

The Chromium-based browser, which currently relies on the Async Clipboard API, will also provide support for the new Pickling Clipboard, allowing applications to read and write commonly used formats to the OS clipboard so that websites and native Windows applications can interact with them, such as text and images.

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With the proposed Pickle Clipboard API, users will also be able to copy and paste a wide range of popular file types, such as .docx and TIFF, with the docx format used in Microsoft Word and TIFF used for graphic design. This change is expected to benefit a variety of Web applications that rely on user-uploaded content.

From the available information, Microsoft plans to officially go live with the feature in version 98 of Edge browser, while there is no definite update time from Google, but it is inferred from the time that there is a probability that the feature will go live in version 98 of Chrome browser.

The API will allow websites to read and write any unpurified valid fields using a standardized pickle format, and to read and write to them, thus enabling the copying and pasting of files between browsers.

Therefore, in principle, the API may be applicable to other browsers, but neither Microsoft nor Google has made a clear statement on the specific applicability of the API, so the exact scope of application is unclear.