Windows 10 Users Will Automatically Get the New Microsoft Edge

By | June 8, 2020
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Windows 10 Users Will Automatically Get the New Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft’s new version of the Edge web browser, which is based on Chromium like Google Chrome, will soon be automatically downloaded to users’ computers.

The old version of Edge shipped by default with Windows 10 wasn’t very good or very fast or very popular. Most people continued to use Chrome or other browsers. Microsoft, using the “if you can’t beat them, join them” philosophy, rebuilt Edge using the same Chromium engine as Chrome uses. The new Edge is faster, easier to use, plus it allows its users to access thousands of Chrome extensions.

The new Edge bears little resemblance to the old Edge. Previously, the only way you could get the new Edge was by manually downloading it. But now, Microsoft will be including it in several automatic updates for Windows 10. If you haven’t downloaded the new Edge yet, it’s likely that you will soon find the new Edge installed on your computer.

The new Edge will be included in the KB4541301, KB4541302, and KB4559309 updates for Windows 10. These updates will be automatically downloaded on your PC.

Normally, we’d be against this forced replacement of a Windows program, but the new Edge is a huge improvement over the old Edge. It’s much faster and easier to use, plus users of the new Edge will have access to all of the same extensions as Google Chrome users. And given that Microsoft will stop supporting the old Edge, its users will no longer get security updates and no one should be using an unsupported or outdated browser.

Previously, when you manually downloaded the new version of Edge you were able to switch back to the old version, but once the new Edge is automatically installed on your computer, you won’t be able to go back to the old version of Edge.  But the new Edge is a huge improvement over the old version of Edge. And since Microsoft will end support for the old version of Edge, at some point in the future, rendering the old Edge outdated and unsafe, we think it’s a good thing that Microsoft will be automatically replacing the old Edge with the new Edge.

 

11 thoughts on “Windows 10 Users Will Automatically Get the New Microsoft Edge

  1. Charles L.

    Which means that all favorites, contacts, etc. will be lost when the new browser is installed. What a pain!

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  2. Marjorie

    Timely and appreciated information. No hitches along the way I hope.

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  3. Sharon

    So is the new Edge better than Google Chrome? Do you advise changing?

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    1. infoave Post author

      A browser is like a car. It’s a matter of personal preference. If you’re happy with what you’re using then stick with it. You can have as many browsers installed on your computer as you want. It doesn’t hurt to experiment with other browser from time to time. I use Chrome as default but I also use Firefox and the new Edge just about every day.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Type edge://settings/help in the address bar and press Enter. If you see the word “Chromium” the “About” section, you’re using the new Edge.

      Cloudeight InfoAve

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  4. Frederick W Rembetski

    I do Not Mind a new Edge, as LONG as I HAVE A CHOICE!!!!!!!

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    1. infoave Post author

      You have a choice to use the new Edge or any other browser except the old Edge.

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  5. Nancy Moe

    Will the new Edge automatically replace my browser if i’m using Chrome? At this time I’m not wanting to change??N

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    1. infoave Post author

      The new Edge will only replace the old Edge it will not replace Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, or any other browser.

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