Microsoft will deploy on April 13 an update to Windows 10 that will cause the removal of the old version of Edge, and its replacement by Edge Chromium if it is not already installed on your PC.
Officially available for a little over a year, the new version of Edge had outclassed Microsoft’s initial browser at all levels by relying on Chromium (the free web browser which also serves as the basis for Google Chrome). We now learn that the first Edge of the name will be automatically uninstalled on computers with Windows 10.
As of April 13, Microsoft will deploy a new cumulative update that will automatically remove the Legacy version of Edge … while simultaneously installing the new version of the browser if it is not already in place on the affected PCs.
Microsoft Edge “Legacy” lives its last months
It is through a blog post shared last Friday that Microsoft specify the terms of this replacement, which will occur after the end of support for Edge Legacy (scheduled for March 9). This initial version of Edge was launched alongside Windows 10 in 2015. Based on Microsoft’s EdgeHTML engine, it had nevertheless started to give way to the current version of Edge, which this time uses Chromium for increased flexibility. and a better user experience.
Launched in January 2020, this new version began to take a prominent place in June 2020 through a large-scale deployment via Windows Update. As recalled EngadgetMicrosoft said two months later that it would no longer offer security updates for Edge Legacy as of March 2021.
If you had Edge Chromium installed before, April’s cumulative update will simply remove a browser from your computer that you’ve probably not used for months. Microsoft having strongly encouraged the installation of the new Edge, most users should not be disturbed by this automatic uninstall.