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 (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.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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