The era of the so-called Microsoft Edge Legacy will come to an end for consumers and businesses in the coming months. In January, Microsoft announced that Chromium Edge will replace the classic Edge. It uses EdgeHTML , Microsoft’s own engine to render pages. In recent weeks, the new browser has begun to be deployed on Windows 10 computers. Microsoft has confirmed that the new Edge browser is now being widely distributed via Windows Update in Windows 10. This is from the company’s planned replacement strategy for Edge outlined earlier this year.
Consumers and those in Education and Business running Windows 10 will automatically upgrade to Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. If the computer is joined to an Active Directory, an Azure Active Directory domain, or managed by Windows Update for Business (WUfB) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), it will be excluded from the update.
It also appears that Microsoft has begun promoting the browser to more consumers through Windows Update. Implementation is expected to expand in the near future. Microsoft previously confirmed that the new Edge is being made available for all supported versions of Windows 10, including version 1803. It’s worth noting that the browser is more widely available for older versions of Windows 10 like version 1803 and 1809 . The update may not appear in Windows 10 version 1903, 1909, or 2004 for everyone due to the phased deployment approach.
For businesses, Microsoft has also developed a blocker toolkit to prevent automatic delivery of the new Edge. Consumers, however, will have no choice, according to official Microsoft documentation. If you don’t see the Edge Update in Windows Update, you can always download and install it manually. At first glance, the new Edge may look like Chrome, but there are several changes under the hood that make Edge a browser that could rival Google’s Chrome. For example, Microsoft has made an effort to maintain the memory and battery consumption of the new Edge. Microsoft has also enabled Netflix 4K streaming support. Chrome, on the other hand, is lagging behind as Google continues to work on support to reduce battery and memory consumption, and improves accessibility tools for Chrome.