Microsoft has begun rolling out the “new” Microsoft Edge to Home windows 10 PCs, as a part of its deliberate substitute technique outlined earlier this yr.
Microsoft started updating PCs to the brand new Edge in January. It started with PCs nonetheless operating the April 2018 Replace, also called model 1803. Now, the brand new Microsoft Edge is being made out there to the Home windows 10 variations after 1803, up by way of the Home windows 10 Could 2020 Replace, aka model 2004.
(Microsoft’s “new” Edge is now simply formally Microsoft Edge, and the older Edge is known as “legacy” Edge. We actually like Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser, although it has inexplicably lagged in sure areas, similar to saving the consumer’s historical past to the cloud. Proper now, it’s my full-time browser.)
According to Techdows, the brand new Microsoft Edge is being pushed out through Home windows Updates KB4541301, KB4541302, and KB4559309. (Microsoft particularly lists KB4559309 because the “Replace for the brand new Microsoft Edge for Home windows 10, model 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, and 2004.”)
It’s a one-way road, nonetheless. As soon as put in, there’s no technique to “roll again” to the legacy Edge. The brand new Edge will import your favorites, passwords, and different current knowledge from the outdated Edge to the brand new Edge.
As we indicated in our overview, organising Edge is fairly easy. Customers are requested whether or not they need to arrange a brand new tab view in a “centered,” “inspirational,” or “informational” view. Microsoft has its personal curated record of Edge-compatible extensions. As a result of the brand new Edge relies upon Chromium, the open-source underpinnings of Google’s personal Chrome browser, you can even use the extensions out there for Chrome.
A technology in the past, Microsoft’s Web Explorer dominated the browser business. Microsoft Edge, in distinction, has by no means been greater than a bit participant: StatCounter places the “legacy” Edge browser share at simply over 2 p.c. If Edge is put in on each Home windows 10 PC worldwide, its numbers may spike. It’ll rely upon how many individuals determine to strive it, somewhat than persist with the browser they have already got.