Microsoft has reminded Windows 10 users about the end-of-support period for its legacy Edge browser, scheduled on March 9th, 2021. This outdated browser will soon be replaced automatically by the new Chromium-based Edge browser through the April cumulative update. It’s done since the outdated Edge will no longer receive security updates.
Discontinuation of Microsoft’s Legacy Edge Browser
Ditching the old software for new ones is not new. To Microsoft, it’s been regularly doing with its system OS since the inception. Besides the system OS, Microsoft, just as any other software vendor, kills the old apps for new ones. This is now about to happen with Microsoft’s legacy Edge browser.
Realizing that the legacy Edge browser has served the community enough, Microsoft has decided to kill it for good now. Earlier, it has announced to end the support for developing the features and security for it soon. And the time has come, as it reminded users to end to support for legacy Edge browser on March 9th, 2021.
This will be replaced by the new Chromium-based Edge browser, which Microsoft introduced last year. The maker is investing significant resources to move as many users as possible from its rival Chrome. It has introduced new features like Sleeping Tabs, new wallpapers, etc.
Also, it’s been constantly pushing users to switch to Edge browser for better experience and security. This will be replacing the legacy Edge browser in April’s Tuesday update, scheduled on April 13th, 2021. This will be done automatically for the users running on Windows 10 20H2, 2004, 1909, 1903, 1809, and 1803, after applying the update.
Announcing this move, “The new Microsoft Edge offers built-in security and our best interoperability with the Microsoft security ecosystem, all while being more secure than Chrome for businesses on Windows 10.”
Though you can skip the update, Microsoft recommends not to. It’s reasonable, though, as security updates are better applied to remain safe from cyberattacks.