The deployment of the new Edge browser based on Chromium, which has started, will take some time. Consumer users won’t be able to block the update, but if they switch to a different browser, Microsoft will respect their choice.
As Microsoft said yesterday, even though the rollout of its new Chromium-based Edge browser has just started, the process will take several months to roll out to all PCs. In a blog post posted Wednesday, the company said the rollout would be “measured” and that it will take several months before it is fully completed. In practice, if you are using the stable version of Windows, you will be served halfway through the deployment. Indeed, Microsoft will first deliver Edge under Chromium to a few Windows Insiders users via the Release Preview channel. “Other devices will then be eligible based on the quality of experience and feedback from those early adopters,” Microsoft said. “However, if you don’t want to wait, you can download the new Edge now at Microsoft.com/Edge,” the company added. The stable version of the latest browser is called Edge 79.
The announcement of the abandonment of the old version of Edge in favor of an Edge based on the engine of Google’s open source Chromium browser, replacing EdgeHTML, was made last year. It just means that Edge is built on a Google Chrome-like basis. A change of logo will distinguish the “new Edge”, as Microsoft calls it, from the old Edge. Incidentally, Microsoft renamed the old version Microsoft Edge Legacy. Yesterday, the publisher said it will try to make the transition process as transparent as possible. In particular, favorites, passwords and basic parameters will be carried over from one browser to another.
More flexibility and openness to extensions for Chrome
General public users will not be able to block the update, unlike businesses which will have the option of keeping the old Edge. The browser for Enterprise and Education users will also not update automatically. If you are not using Microsoft’s browser, Microsoft will inform you that your browser preferences will not be carried over to Edge. Microsoft plans to ship future versions of Edge every six weeks or so.
When testing Edge on Chromium, our colleagues at PCWorld found the browser to be robust, although a bit bland. Some features of the late beta that they got in their hands were not yet working and others could use some improvement, they said. The advantage of the Chromium base is that it allows Edge to access both Microsoft’s list of plugins and the rich library of extensions from Google’s Chrome Web Store, offering the browser much more. flexibility than the old version.