New Microsoft Edge to start rolling out to education, business devices after July 30

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft outlined its plans to bring the new Edge browser to more devices.
  • Education and business PCs will begin receiving the new Edge starting after July 30.
  • These will join the general Edge rollout that recently began for consumer PCs via Windows Update.

Microsoft today revealed when it plans to start rolling out the new Microsoft Edge browser for education and business PCs. Starting after July 30, these devices will begin to see the legacy Edge browser replaced by the newer, Chromium-based version. The transition will start with education PCs with a timeline for business PCs to come later.

"Beginning no earlier than July 30, 2020, Microsoft will update Microsoft Edge Legacy to the new Microsoft Edge browser by Windows Update on Windows 10 devices in education and business," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing its plans. "This update will not impact devices in education and business updated by Windows Update for Business (WUfB) or by Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Updates will target education devices first to accommodate back-to-school timing. We will share a business timeline at a later date."

If you want to block the update, Microsoft provides instructions on how organizations can do so. K-12 educational institutions will also have to ensure they are configured to receive the proper updates.

Microsoft recently began bringing the new Edge to PCs via Windows Update, in-line with a plan the company outlined in January. Business and education users were left out of this rollout initially.

Anyone can manually download the new Edge from the official website. This rollout refers to Edge Legacy being automatically replaced on PCs via Windows Update. For those who want to test new features before they're widely available, Microsoft also has testing channels available via Edge Insider builds.

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