Microsoft has announced that the original form of Microsoft Edge could be removed in April as part of the Patch Tuesday updates.
While Microsoft Edge Legacy would thus get the ax, all devices will be provided with the brand new Chromium-powered browser as an alternative, and Microsoft says everything will happen with the upcoming cumulative updates.
Quite simply, one browser goes and the other one steps in, and also the change is going to be powered by the April Patch Tuesday updates shipped to Windows 10 devices.
“To replace this from support application, we are announcing that the new Microsoft Edge is going to be available as part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update-otherwise known as the Update Tuesday (or “B”) release-on April 13, 2021. Whenever you apply this update to your devices, the out of support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application is going to be removed and also the new Microsoft Edge is going to be installed. The brand 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,” Microsoft explains.
Happening on nearly all Windows 10 versions
The change will also happen should you install the not compulsory Windows 10 cumulative updates shipped as a preview to devices running the most recent operating system.
Microsoft explains the following Windows 10 versions will be impacted:
Windows 10, version 1803, all editions (April 2018)
Windows 10, version 1809, all editions (October 2018)
Windows 10, version 1903, all editions (May 2019)
Windows 10, version 1909, all editions (October 2019)
Windows 10, version 2004, all editions (May 2020)
Windows 10 version 20H2 devices wouldn’t be provided with the new Edge because it’s already pre-loaded with the operating system, therefore the April cumulative update would only remove the legacy version of the browser.