In January, the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge was fully launched. In May, Microsoft decided to stop support of its legacy Edge (based on EDGEHTML) through Windows 10 version 2004. Now, the company’s efforts for the new Chromium Microsoft Edge experience to reach more users are ramping up.
Initially, the new Microsoft Edge started expanding to normal Windows 10 versions last month. Now, Microsoft has plans to start bringing it to education and business users. This will happen next month, with Microsoft pointing to after July 20, 2020.
Redmond confirmed the update through a blog post this week:
“Beginning no earlier than July 30, 2020, Microsoft will update Microsoft Edge Legacy to the new Microsoft Edge browser by Windows Update on Windows 10 devices in education and business. This update will not impact devices in education and business updated by Windows Update for Business (WUfB) or by Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Updates will target education devices first to accommodate back-to-school timing. We will share a business timeline at a later date.”
It is worth explaining the difference in the availability of Edge. Microsoft has allowed users to install the new browser manually since it fully launched in January. However, it was not available through automatic updates.
That changed with the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update and the end-of-support for legacy Edge. Now, the Chromium Microsoft Edge is reaching automatic update availability in stages. Education and enterprise are the next stops.
Microsoft points out institutions or organizations still locked into Internet Explorer 11 won’t have to switch to Edge. The aging legacy browser will remain on their devices. Furthermore, the new browser “will respect your previously established default browser choice,” Microsoft officials said.