Microsoft Edge and Firefox will soon change how they update

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  • A change in how Edge is updated for keeping applications up to date on macOS has been announced last March.
  • Mozilla also announced in a recent post that there will be a new background updating process for Firefox as well.
  • Up until now, the tool used to update unmanaged macOS devices has been Microsoft AutoUpdate.
  • It is not known when the new update scheme for macOS will be available, but it is expected to happen anytime soon.
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A browser with regular updates is for sure one that is trying to create the best experience for its users. And thankfully Edge and Mozilla have been on top of that lately.

Microsoft Edge has become available for macOS which is great news although users have reported some of the difficulties they have encountered regarding the update experience.

As the giant company took in the received feedback, a few improvements have also been implemented that aim at making the update much easier.

Update process changes

Right now, only Mac users with Intel chips on Dev versions higher than 91.0.852.0 or Canary versions higher than 90.0.816.0 have access to these changes.

The update is expected to happen automatically and silently, as Microsoft representative states:

It will solely be responsible for updating Edge-related products and will not be affected (e.g. blocked) by other pending product updates. Updates will happen automatically and silently, and no out-of-Edge notifications/toasts will be shown.

We don’t know when it will be available for Macs with M1 chips soon, but we expect it to happen soon.

In a recent post, Mozilla also announced a new background updating process that will happen as follows:

Updates when Firefox is not running work as follows: the default Firefox profile (for each OS-level user) will schedule OS-level tasks that run periodically. These tasks invoke Firefox in a stripped-down headless background task mode that pumps the update cycle before exiting. These tasks have been designed to not process updates when other Firefox instances are running, so they should not force restarts of running instances

At the moment, Mozilla is updating itself solely when the browser is running and updates are not installed until the device is restarted.

This can be a negative thing for users that simply don’t restart their device quite often as they would be running on an older version.

According to the information offered in the above-mentioned post, the background updates will be integrated on June 1, when the Firefox 89 is scheduled.

Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are on the matter, as they are all welcomed.

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