Windows 10 version 2004 ditches the old Microsoft Edge

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  • Windows 10 version 2004, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, no longer supports the legacy version of Microsoft Edge.
  • Microsoft now prefers its new Chromium-based Edge browser, which has impressive new features.
  • As always, you may visit the Edge page for help making the most of the new Chromium browser.
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Windows 10 version 2004, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, no longer supports the legacy version of Microsoft Edge.

Generally, Microsoft is retiring the old Edge in preference for an improved Chromium-based version. The new browser has a lot of features that are unique to it, including potentially unwanted apps (PUA) protection. But deep inside, it bears the DNA of Google’s Chromium engine.

Windows 10 version 2004 does not support the old Edge

Microsoft has published a list of features that it is no longer developing for different versions of the Windows OS.

 The features described below are no longer being actively developed, and might be removed in a future update. Some features have been replaced with other features or functionality and some are now available from other sources.

As such, the legacy version of Edge is among the apps the company will not be building for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

But if you like the older Edge, you can still use it on older versions of Windows 10.

The Companion Device Framework is another feature that Windows 10 version 2004 does not support. Microsoft integrated the tool with Windows Hello to improve the user authentication process.

However, Windows Hello is supported on the May 2020 Update. It even sports useful feature enhancements, such as safe mode user authentication.

The new Chromium-based Edge sports a modern sleek look, and it is functionally superior to its predecessor. The browser is catching on slowly against the backdrop of stiff competition from Firefox and Chrome.

The slow death of the old Edge should not have a lot of mourners though. After all, the browser had a meager 2.23% share of the global browser market in April 2020, according to Statcounter.

Are you a super fan of the new Microsoft Edge browser? Feel free to let us know (or ask any question) via the comments section below.