The original Windows 10 web browser, now going by Edge Legacy, is finally getting the ax. Microsoft has officially retired this piece of software. Moving forward, full focus of Microsoft will be on its Chromium replacement, also known as Edge. The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium and was released in January 2020 as an optional update. It is available on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. You can also download it for macOS, iOS, and Android.
Support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy was ended on March 9, and the browser will no longer receive security updates. For users, Microsoft is making the new Microsoft Edge available as part of the windows 10 cumulative monthly security update on April 13.
This new iteration of Edge is powered by the same codebase that a bunch of other web browsers run on, including the king of the hill, Google Chrome. This has enabled Microsoft to not only launch the new Edge on Windows but also bring it to platforms like macOS and Linux.
When you apply this update to your devices, the out-of-support Microsoft Edge Legacy will be removed and the new Microsoft Edge will be installed. The new Microsoft Edge offers built-in security and our best interoperability with the Microsoft security ecosystem, all while being more secure than Chrome for businesses on Windows 10.
Apps built for the old web browser should theoretically run even after this date. That is because EdgeHTML, the engine that was bundled with Edge Legacy, will continue to be supported going forward for the foreseeable future.
The change will be performed automatically via Windows Update, meaning when you install the new updates released by Microsoft, the legacy version of Edge will automatically be removed.
In other words, if you want to run Edge Legacy starting April, you will no longer be able to do so.
This action appears to be a prerequisite for the new release of Windows 10 v21H1 that will be available in the next few months.
Windows 10 v1909 is nearing its end-of-life support on May 11, 2021. For those users on v1909 or earlier versions, be aware that Microsoft will be forcing those older versions of Windows 10 to be updated automatically.
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