With the Windows 10 update, users are forced to use a new version of Edge
Fans of Windows 10 will be forced to update their web browser this week whether they like it or not. Microsoft has confirmed that it will be making a major upgrade tomorrow, April 13, which will remove the older version of the Edge software from PCs and replace it with the company’s all-new web browser application which, confusingly, is also called Edge.
Microsoft first revealed this news late last year, with the Redmond company saying that support and security upgrades for the older version of Edge would end on March 9.
With this outdated browser not getting the critical updates it needs to keep users safe online, it seems Microsoft now wants to make sure everyone switches to the latest and greatest browsing experience.
In a post on the support page, Microsoft said, “To replace this unsupported application, we are announcing that the new Microsoft Edge will be available as part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update, also known as Update Tuesday (or” B “) release – on April 13, 2021.
“When you apply this update to your devices, the deprecated Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application will be removed and the new Microsoft Edge will be installed. The new Microsoft Edge offers built-in security and our best interoperability with the Microsoft security ecosystem, while it is more secure than Chrome for Business on Windows 10. “
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Of course, if you already have the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge installed on your computer, the April update will only remove the old version from your computer.
Before you get too mad about Microsoft interfering with your PC and automatically changing things, it’s worth remembering that the new Edge is much better than the older version, which has been criticized for being notoriously slow and buggy.
The new version of Microsoft Edge is powered by the same open-source Chromium code that fuels Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser.
That means you not only get some of Chrome’s most loved features, but also full access to many of its plugins and popular extensions. It’s also considered to be much better for battery life, meaning more time online without plugging in your laptop.
The new Edge has grown in popularity rapidly since its launch in January 2020, with recent statistics suggesting it is now the second most used browser in the world.
With Microsoft now enforcing it on more users, that user base could grow to even greater numbers, although there’s still a lot of catching up to do before it nearly beats Chrome, which still accounts for nearly 65 percent of all desktop web traffic.
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