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The old Microsoft Edge is now called 'Edge Legacy'

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What you need to know

  • A Microsoft support document refers to the older EdgeHTML-based Microsoft Edge as "Edge Legacy."
  • The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is just called "Microsoft Edge."
  • The clarification should make things easier as Edge Legacy gets older.

Microsoft has two versions of Microsoft Edge, and that can cause confusion when it comes to names. Most people have referred to the Chromium version of Edge as "the new Microsoft Edge" and specified if instead referring to the older version of Edge. Now, a support document from Microsoft (opens in new tab) refers to the EdgeHTML-based version of Microsoft Edge as "Microsoft Edge Legacy." The newer Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is just that, "Microsoft Edge."

The clarification will make things easier as Microsoft Edge Legacy becomes older and less used. This change will be particularly useful for enterprise and IT where precise wording is needed to solve administrative issues or file support tickets.

It doesn't make much sense to call the Chromium version of the browser "the new Microsoft Edge" forever or to have to always specify if referring to the Chromium or EdgeHTML versions of the browser. Eventually, there will just be one Microsoft Edge in regular use, so people should get used to that name now.

Microsoft Edge Legacy is still the default browser on Windows 10 PCs, but Microsoft is pushing people towards Microsoft Edge (the new one that we won't have to refer to as new going forward).

Microsoft Edge has earned positive reviews on Windows 10 and macOS alike. It's also available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. It renders websites well and works with Chrome extensions, which greatly expands the browser's functionality.

One of the most useful new features of the new Microsoft Edge is the ability to install progressive web apps. This allows you to create dedicated windows and Start Menu icons for progressive web apps like Disney+, Hulu, and Kindle Cloud Reader.

How to install Disney Plus as a Windows 10 app

Microsoft continues to add features to Microsoft Edge. Recently, Microsoft rolled out Collections to the beta version of Microsoft Edge.

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.

5 Comments
  • "LegacEdge" it is then.
  • Given that Edge Legacy is part of Windows, I would imagine that it will be removed in a future update. Unlike IE, there won't really be a valid argument for keeping it around. As long as they can automatically migrate favourites, etc, then there shouldn't really be an issue. Some people won't even realise that it's a completely new app and will just think that it's an update to the existing app.
  • Oh, actually, how this is working is with some recent builds for Preview Ring it updates Edge via WU and replaces Edge Legacy with Edge. Just swaps 'em out. Kind of like if you web install Edge production. I believe aspects of EdgeHMTL, though, remain at the OS level for support with WebView apps in the Store. That's how I understand it, at least. Old IE though stays.
  • My desktop is in the Release Preview ring and I've been using new Edge for quite some time. I just type "edge" in the search bar and I see that old Edge doesn't show at all. I hadn't looked for it for some time so didn't realise that it seems to have been hidden. That said, I have a Surface Go in the Fast ring and old Edge pops up automatically to say hello every time I install a new build, so it's obviously still lurking.
  • I like Edge Chromium but it's pdf draw features are limited to one color and font and no highlight. So until MS updates Edge Cr w/ those I need Edge Legacy. There's a registry fix out there that's easy enough: just uninstall Edge Cr, add a key to the registry in order to allow Edge Legacy to run simultaneously ("Alowsxs") and then when you re-install Edge Cr it will not disable Edge Legacy.