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Microsoft describes its older strategy for phasing out the Edge browser



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The end of Microsoft’s older Edge browser closes quickly. This week, Microsoft provided more information on exactly how it plans to remove the old Edge from Windows.

In August 2020, Microsoft officials said they would no longer provide security updates for the older Edge desktop browser after March 9, 2021

. (It is March update Tuesday.) Today, February 5, Microsoft added further information on what will happen further.

Microsoft plans to remove the older Edge and replace it with the new, Chromium-based Edge when users use the Windows 10 Patch Tuesday release on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Microsoft officials provided this information in a post about Edge Kiosk mode, and I would have missed it completely without Neowin.net calling it. Microsoft’s blog post advised kiosk mode customers to install the new Microsoft Edge and set up kiosk mode before using the Windows 10 updates. Those who do not do this “will experience a disturbance” in kiosk mode. They noted that some of the kiosk mode features in Edge Legacy will not be available in the new Edge, but said that “most” use cases will be available from Edge 90 and full parity should be there by Edge 91.

Update: Microsoft also has another blog post, published today, February 5, about the older Edge browser phase. This post notes that if the new Edge is already installed, the April update will not reinstall the new Edge and only remove the older Edge. The versions of Windows 10 to which this applies are Windows 10 versions 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004 and 20H2.

While Microsoft made the new Edge part of Windows 10 starting with Windows 10 version 20H2, older Edge remains (but is hidden) on Windows 10 PCs. As of April Patch Tuesday, the older Edge browsers will finally be removed from Windows 10.


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