Microsoft released the stable version of Chromium-based Edge browser on January 15, 2020, after nearly two years of working to ensure world-class compatibility, including legacy app support, security, and productivity, as part of Windows 10 update.
Now, the new Microsoft Edge built on the Chromium open source engine and running the latest Microsoft enterprise capabilities, is set for prime time. Since its release in January, there has been millions of upgrades by users from their home and work browsers to the new Microsoft Edge.
Additionally, all the new devices and future Windows updates starting with Windows 10, version 20H2 now come bundled with the new Microsoft Edge.
Timeline for Edge Legacy to make way for the new Microsoft Edge
Microsoft have upgraded almost all of Windows 10 customers to the new browser, and so, will be ending support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app on March 9, 2021.
After March 9, 2021, the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app will no longer receive new security updates. And the new Microsoft Edge will serve as a modern browser, with apps and websites created for Microsoft Edge Legacy still continuing to work in the new Edge, albeit, there could arise compatibility issues.
Microsoft, however, is assuring to provide additional support through the App Assure Promise to cover such issues.
What's Next? Higher performance, secure and simpler browser
At a critical time like this, when IT professionals are tasked to do more with less on an unprecedented level, there is need to make it simple to balance productivity, security, privacy, and cost.
The new Microsoft Edge is offering to help in this regard, as Microsoft is inviting customers to check out their website and the How to Get Started with the End User Guide.
Finally, it's natural for customers to be concerned about compatibility when it comes to business-critical apps and websites. Therefore, Microsoft is offering compatibility “peace of mind” with App Assure. The App Assure promise is this: if customers’ web apps and sites work on IE 11, supported versions of Google Chrome, or any version of Microsoft Edge (including Microsoft Edge Legacy), those web apps and sites should work on the new Microsoft Edge.