Microsoft Edge Legacy, Microsoft’s first attempt to bring out the new browser experience, will finally be phased out. After the release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium, it was clear where Microsoft was heading. Edge Legacy’s first announcement to be discontinued was in August 2020, with support ending on March 9, 2021. Microsoft has now made it public that Edge Legacy will be replaced completely with April’s Windows 10 Update Tuesday release.
Microsoft Edge to replace Edge Legacy with Update
The update will be part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update (B Update) on April 13, 2021. Post-installation, Edge Legacy will be uninstalled, and those who haven’t installed Edge should see it under the recently installed applications list. The replacement will also occur if you apply the optional Windows 10 March Preview (or “C”) release.
Those who have been using Edge know how well don the browser is and that it uses the same Chromium engine as Google’s Chrome browser, and Edge offers the same set of features and extension support.
What if you are not using the latest version of Windows?
The plan is to replace all the supported versions of Windows. Here is the complete list
- Windows 10, version 1803, all editions (April 2018)
- Windows 10, version 1809, all editions (October 2018)
- Windows 10, version 1903, all editions (May 2019)
- Windows 10, version 1909, all editions (October 2019)
- Windows 10, version 2004, all editions (May 2020)
- Windows 10, version 20H2, all editions (October 2020)
Since Windows 10H2 already uses the Edge legacy, no new installation will happen, but Microsoft Edge Legacy will be removed.
While you can skip the update to skip this replacement, it is not recommended. Microsoft Legacy will not be supported to run side-by-side, and with that, there will be unforeseen security issues.
If you were using Kiosk mode with Edge Legacy, it is recommended to use the new Edge for the Kiosk mode.