Microsoft reveals Edge browser phase-out strategy

When April’s Patch Tuesday goes live, Microsoft will phase out its legacy Edge browser from machines running Windows 10.

Additional details regarding the Edge phase-out strategy were recently revealed.

In August 2020, it was made public that the Edge desktop browser would no longer be receiving any security updates following 9th March 2021 (the date when March Patch Tuesday goes live).

After retiring the old version of Microsoft Edge, a new Chromium-based one will take its place.

This will take place at the point when users apply the April edition of Patch Tuesday updates – this is scheduled for release on 13th April 2021.

In case you do not wish to experience a disruption after the release, it is recommended that you install the new Microsoft Edge and set up kiosk mode beforehand.

You should bear in mind that certain kiosk mode features will not be available in the new version of the browser – however, most should be there.

In a recent blog post, Microsoft revealed the exact stages of the legacy Edge browser phase-out.

One of the most important details is that the April update will not reinstall the new version of Edge – only the legacy version will be removed from your system.

This is important to keep in mind if you are a Windows 10 user.

This involves the following versions of the operating system:

  • 1803
  • 1809
  • 1903
  • 1909
  • 2004
  • 20H2

The new Edge became part of the operating system as of Windows 10 version 20H2 – the legacy version remains on the PC but is hidden from view.

When April Patch Tuesday goes live, this will no longer be the case, as the legacy version of Microsoft Edge will be wiped from Windows 10 for good.