Microsoft ready to roll out the new Edge to Windows 10

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Microsoft plans to begin delivering its new Chromium-based Edge browser beginning January 15, 2020.

Microsoft announced in late 2018 that it was creating a new version of Edge by using Chromium combined with some components currently in Edge, all in the name of providing greater browsing compatibility across the web. Microsoft is using the underlying Chromium Blink rendering technology, but is replacing quite a few Chromium services with Microsoft equivalents.

Additionally, Microsoft claims the operating code for the new Edge will not be integrated into the code of the various Windows 10 platforms, as Internet Explorer has been in the past.

Microsoft said in early November this year (2019) that the new Edge will be bundled with Windows 10 updates right after the general availability date, though this will happen in a staggered/staged manner.

That means that not everyone will be getting the new Edge at the same time.

Microsoft has also said there are plans to release a stand-alone version that can be installed on all versions of Windows 10 as well as Windows 7-SP1 and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, there wasn’t an announced date when those additional releases would occur.

Microsoft’s Edge documentation notes: “The next version of Microsoft Edge features more frequent and more flexible updating capabilities.” As a result, feature updates for the new Edge will be released on a 6 to 8 week cycle. Security and compatibility updates will be shipped as needed.”

Once the new Edge is installed and current updates are made to the Windows 10 variants, automatic migration will occur from Legacy Edge to the new Edge. Then all the settings, extensions and favorites will be moved automatically to the new Edge browser.

There is no word yet as to whether or not the legacy Edge will be uninstalled or not.

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