- April's Windows updates push the latest Edge version, removing the legacy browser app.
- This applies to all Windows systems version 1803 or later.
- Users will find in this new Edge many features that resemble Chrome.
- It's expected that this launch will change the market share each popular browser takes.
This month’s Patch Tuesday updates are expected to come with important security updates, as well as a major changes for Edge fans.
Namely, starting with these updates, Microsoft will be only pushing the newest Chromium Edge browser, to completely replace Edge Legacy.
This change has been prepared since March, when Microsoft ceased support for their original browser.
How to install the new Edge browser?
So, once you install April’s cumulative updates, the Edge legacy desktop app will be removed and replaced with the new Edge.
Besides the fact that Edge is generally considered a lighter and faster browser than Chrome, this upgraded version is also meant to be more secure, Microsoft says:
The 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.
Released for the first time in January 2021, the new Chromium Edge has been slowly overtaking other popular browsers such as Firefox in terms of active installs.
Part of this evolution is due to the fact that users can have their preferred Chrome extensions imported in Edge, plus enjoy better performance and competitive features.
If you’ve already installed the latest Edge version, this patch will only remove the old one, with no other visible changes.
The change will take place on all Windows 10 systems, version 1803 or later, whether the updates are applied manually or automatically. The new browser version is also available for macOS or Linux.
May’s Patch Tuesday update will also include this change, so if you choose to skip this month’s patches you’ll be able to get them next month.