Say goodbye to Microsoft Edge Legacy; support ending in March 2021

Microsoft Edge logo on Start menu
Microsoft Edge logo on Start menu (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge Legacy support will end on March 9, 2021.
  • Edge Legacy will nonger receive security updates after its sunset date.
  • Microsoft is pushing people towards the new Microsoft Edge built on Chromium.

Despite the launch of the new, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge earlier in 2020, Microsoft has continued to support Edge Legacy. However, the older browser's time is about to run out. Microsoft announced today that Edge Legacy support will end next year (opens in new tab) (via MSPU).

Specifically, Microsoft Edge Legacy support will be sunset on March 9, 2021. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for the aging browser. The company says that apps and services created to run on Edge Legacy will continue to run in the new Microsoft Edge, however.

"Since its release in January, millions of users have upgraded their home and work browsers to the new Microsoft Edge," Microsoft said in the Tech Community post announcing the change. "Additionally, new devices and future Windows feature updates (starting with Windows 10, version 20H2) will contain the new Microsoft Edge."

Going forward, Microsoft will continue to push the new Microsoft Edge as its default browser. That's further backed up by Microsoft dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 with its web apps, which will take place late in 2021. However, Microsoft has caught some heat for its decision to not allow users to uninstall the new Edge (opens in new tab).

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • If only they would take IE11 and legacy Edge out of windows 10. It would be nice and less useless outdated software.
  • You can't find your delete key..? IE is gong nowhere.
  • Probably won't happen but it would be interesting to see WC do one final Edge/Edgeium comparison just to see how much new Edge has changed or improved since its initial release. For now, I'll keep using old Edge until March. I need to stretch battery life as far as I can on the Go 2. :p
  • I liked explorer. Never got used to edge.
  • What about Xbox?
  • As far as I know, the PWAs in the store still rely on Legacy Edge to function. Hopefully that will be updated to use the new Edge before they kill this one off? Does Mail (and any other apps) also rely on Legacy Edge?
  • WebView2 uses the new Edge, and in their website it says Q4. Since .Net 5 is supposed to launch in November, and so is WinUI 3, I think it's safe to assume WebView2 will too. Edit: Actually, I'm not sure WinUI 3 is supposed to released this year.
  • Does it mean that Google Chrome may come to the Store as it uses Blink? :)
  • Still using legacy Edge on L950 in March 2021 probably. :)
  • I love these Microsoft announcements. Like the drop of support for Lumias before the Duo was even announced. A break in continuity for Microsoft users. Announcing drop of support of IE11 and Edge Legacy amidst the total failure to get even 2004 on people's devices is an excellent example of Microsoft's ways. I am pretty sure there will be happy users to lose support for a browser while the alternative MS one is unavailable to them.
  • You're missing the fact that the new version of Edge can be installed on versions of Windows 10 than just 2004
  • In fact, it doesn't require Windows 10 at all.
  • I'm not missing the fact. There are two kinds of people using Edge now. Those who use default browser on Windows and were replaced by the new version, and those who went online and voluntarily had been reading on how to get it and decided to waste time on it as opposed to waiting for Microsoft being able to push it onto their PCs. There are people out there who don't care about the browser that much until it is working. But when it stops working big time, they will look for something. It may not be the pop-up that Microsoft shows. It will be, oh wait, what my grandson said? Chrome? So Microsoft is losing users once again by stopping support for something before their solution works. The same applies to axing Windows Phone 8.1 when Windows Mobile 10 was not ready, same applies to axing Windows Mobile 10 before managing to put a Microsoft alternative Android device like Duo out there or whatever. The same applies to Microsoft axing first-party apps in Microsoft Store before being able to ship a browser that supports the PWA alternative for them (so they were practically telling you to switch to Chrome because Edge is still in beta) and this as well, not to mention Surface Hub development and support which is basically the same. Let just something rot out there long enough before it gets wrecked and unsupported, and we'll figure a way when it is too late already. And I am pretty sure it is things like this that Panay got fed up with when it comes down to having to produce devices in this management mayhem and finally took software end into his own hands.