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Microsoft is fixing Edge's annoying update process on macOS

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Microsoft Edge Mac Hero (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is testing a new update experience for Edge on macOS.
  • The new experience is available for Edge Canary on Mac devices running Intel chips.
  • You have to enable a flag to use the new update experience.

Microsoft Edge on macOS has a bit of an awkward update process, according to feedback the company has received. Microsoft is trying to improve the update process for Edge on macOS with a new Edge-native update experience. The experience is only currently available for Edge Canary on Macs running on Intel chips. You also have to enable a flag to use the new experience.

Microsoft describes the experience in a recent Tech Community post (opens in new tab):

  • The new update experience is now Edge-native. It will solely be responsible for updating Edge-related products and will not be affected (e.g. blocked) by other pending product updates. Updates will happen automatically and silently, and no out-of-Edge notifications/toasts will be shown.
  • edge://settings/help now more consistently reflects update status and allows seamless updates. In-app update notifications are promptly reflected when an update becomes available.
  • When you restart the browser when an update is available, your browser will now instantly relaunch with the updated version rather than wait for update to be applied.

The biggest change in this new experience is that the update process is now Edge-native rather than going through Microsoft AutoUpdate. Updates should roll out quicker and more seamlessly with the new experience.

Microsoft says that the new experience will be available for Edge Canary on Macs running Apple's new silicon soon.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Great news! Look forward to not seeing the toast notifications and seeing that the update was done anyway
  • The update alerts are annoying, ngl.