Organizations can still block automatic Microsoft Edge upgrades

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The new Microsoft Edge rollout commenced on January 15, and it will take place in phases, rather than at once. The Windows OS developer is adopting a gradual approach to optimize the user experience before the browser is finally available to all users around the world.

But those who want to download the Chromium-based browser for Windows or macOS can do so right away at the official Edge page. A manual upgrade will replace the previous version of the Edge browser on the user’s device.

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The user may have to install additional updates for a smooth browsing experience if their Windows 10 device is not up-to-date. Microsoft said that upgrading to the new Edge browser won’t interfere with the user’s basic browser preferences.  

Why the Microsoft Edge automatic rollout will be gradual

Microsoft intends on using automatic Windows updates to deliver the new Edge browser to hundreds of millions of Windows PCs worldwide over several months. According to Kyle Pflug, Senior PM Lead, Microsoft Edge Developer Experience, the company hopes to help individual users and organizations smoothly transition to the new browsing experience without posing any intrusions or unnecessary risks.

A small group of customers comprising some members of the Windows Insider Program will be the first to receive the automatic updates in the next few weeks. Microsoft will be gathering data from these users every step of the way, and it’ll be utilizing their assessment of the newly launched browsing tool to inform future decisions regarding the rollout.

The new Microsoft Edge will gradually be made available on Windows Update and offered to additional devices as data and feedback indicate that users are having a good experience.

Organizations can delay the upgrade

Microsoft acknowledges that some organizations may not want to migrate to the Edge browser right away, be it manually or automatically. They can block automatic updates and upgrade at their own convenience. 

Enterprises, educational institutions, and organizations using managed devices won’t be getting automatic Edge updates from Microsoft for the time being. Taken into account the fact that Edge might be quite buggy during the initial release phase, this is an excellent piece of news. 

This buys Microsoft more time to detect and fix any major issues reported by the first batches of users.

Are you planning to switch to the new Edge in the near future? Let us know in the comments below.

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