What you need to know
- The new Microsoft Edge is now rolling out automatically via Windows Update for Release Preview Insiders.
- This is the first step in a process that will see the old Edge replaced for everyone.
- Release Preview Insiders can grab the new Edge via Windows Update now.
Microsoft today started the automatic rollout for the new Microsoft Edge with Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview ring. The new browser will gradually roll out to everyone in the Release Preview ring over the coming weeks and months. This will replace the legacy Microsoft Edge browser once it is installed.
Heads-up #WindowsInsiders, we have begun rolling out the new #MicrosoftEdge to the Release Preview ring. See this blog post from @kylealden with more info on Windows Update rollout plans: https://t.co/lLOKhUtnPEHeads-up #WindowsInsiders, we have begun rolling out the new #MicrosoftEdge to the Release Preview ring. See this blog post from @kylealden with more info on Windows Update rollout plans: https://t.co/lLOKhUtnPE— Windows Insider Program (@windowsinsider) February 25, 2020February 25, 2020
This is the beginning of a process that will see Microsoft eventually replace the legacy Edge with the new Chromium-based Edge for everyone. Once testing is done in the Release Preview ring, the new Edge will see a similar automatic rollout to everyone via Windows Update.
Microsoft officially launched the new Microsoft Edge on January 15, initially for Windows 10, 7, 8 and MacOS. Microsoft recently added native ARM64 support as well, allowing Edge to run faster and with more efficient power consumption on ARM-based PCs like the Surface Pro X.
If you want to get the new Microsoft Edge without waiting on it to automatically roll out, you can download the release version now (opens in new tab). There are also several Insider builds to check out — including the Canary, Dev, and Beta channels — at the Edge Insider site
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Any word on when/if the new Edge will come to Xbox One?
Nothing yet, but judging by their roadmap and how much it takes to implement a feature (I'm a programmer), I think it would be probably after they release the Linux version.
If you go to MS edge and you download and install the stable release it will replace the old edge and import the fav but not the dev or other releases.
I wonder if due to effect of corona virus panic on hardware supply will help Microsoft pull together its strings in software finally.
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