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Reports indicate that Microsoft Edge browser-based on Chromium will not be bundled with Windows operating system updates but rather be available via Windows Updates for all PCs running Windows 10 1709 (Redstone 4 aka RS4) and later come January 15, 2020 as revealed by the Redmond giant through support documentation.
The latest change comes a little over a month after Microsoft announced the general availability of the Chromium-based Edge browser.
Blocker Toolkit also released by the company will allow enterprises disable automatic delivery and installation of Microsoft Edge for organisations where Automatic Updates on PCs is enabled by default.
“To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) through Automatic Updates for Windows 10 RS4 and newer,” the company writes in its support documentation.
While detailing the change, Microsoft through a separate documentation mentions that since Edge releases aren’t bound to the Windows major releases, changes will be provided to the operating system to ensure the new Edge version fits seamlessly into Windows.
Further, it highlights that feature updates for Edge browser will be released roughly on a six-week cycle, whereas security and compatibility updates will be seeded as per the requirements.
“Updates won’t change the user experience until the Stable channel of the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed. Installing Microsoft Edge Beta, Dev, or Canary won’t trigger any changes in Windows. These browser releases will be installed alongside existing browsers,” the support documentation states.
Microsoft additionally notes that once the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed, all start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts for the current version will migrate to the next version.
Similarly, taskbar pins and shortcuts available on the current Edge version will continue to exist on the new version.
It is also worth noting here that the attempts to launch the current version of Microsoft Edge will redirect to its next version.