Microsoft has confirmed plans to end its version of Microsoft Edge first generation – the unfortunate web browser that was introduced along with Windows 10 in 2015 as a replacement for Internet Explorer. While it may have taken the Redmond-based company most of a decade to remove users from Internet Explorer, it’s much faster to get the original Microsoft Edge into the junkyard.
Confusingly, Microsoft Edge was replaced with a new browser with the exact same name last year. The new version of Microsoft Edge is based on the same open source Chromium code that powers Google Chrome – the world’s most popular browser, which accounts for nearly 65 percent of all desktop web traffic. In less than a year since Microsoft started introducing its new and improved Edge browser as part of a routine update for Windows 10, the browser is now arguably the second most popular on the market.
Microsoft clearly hopes to benefit from this early success and is now trying to remove the previous version, which is based on its proprietary technology and notoriously slow compared to Chrome and Safari, from PCs around the world. Starting April 13th, Microsoft will release a monthly security patch for Windows 10 that will uninstall the previously unpopular Microsoft Edge from all PCs that have a copy left on their hard drive.
And if someone managed to bypass the new version of the browser, the April 13th update will also install the brand new browser on your computer. For those who enjoy using rivals like Opera, Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, having to hand over space on your laptop, tablet, or desktop to a browser that you know you won’t be using is a little annoying.
For those who have missed the news about the new iteration of Microsoft Edge, the next time they open Edge, they are sure to have a very pleasant surprise and discover the sleek new Chromium version that is waiting for them.
Microsoft has already confirmed that it will no longer issue security updates for vulnerabilities or bugs in its first version of Edge after March 9, 2021. Anyone who continues to work with the six-year-old browser beyond this point is open to attack by hackers and other bad actors. It therefore makes sense to delete the app from the hard drive with a subsequent Windows 10 update.
Of course, if you’ve already installed the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge on your computer, the April update will only remove the older version from your computer.