As promised by Microsoft previously, the company has started rolling out its Chromium-based Edge browser to Windows 10 devices. The web browser was released earlier this year as a standalone app that many users have already installed.
However, as we all know, Edge Chromium was meant to replace Legacy Edge and become the new default browser on Windows 10. As a result, you’ll start seeing the new Edge logo in places like Start Menu, Taskbar, Shortcuts, Pins, etc.
In other words, Microsoft will remove traces of Legacy Edge from everywhere, including the Settings app, applications, dialog boxes, and when you try to open the older browser will land you on Edge Chromium.
This also means that you can’t remove the Edge Chromium browser from your PC as it has now become the core part of the Windows 10 OS.
After Edge Chromium is automatically installed, you will see the First Run Experience (FRE) page when your PC restarts for the first time. Also, all the browsing history, bookmarks, and passwords will be automatically synced.
To get the browser installed on your machine via Windows Update, you need to be running version 1803, 1809, 1903, and 1909. It’s great if you’re already running the new Windows 10 version 2004.
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On the surface, the new Microsoft Edge might look like just another skin on top of Chromium but it comes with various changes and new features. For example, it works with a Microsoft account instead of Google and provides an easy way to install PWAs on your computer.
While Internet Explorer and older Edge mostly faced the criticism, the new Microsoft Edge is getting praise and positive reviews of the users. The credit goes to its improved performance and the ability to run a wide variety of browser extensions.
In addition to Windows 10, Edge Chromium is also available for Windows 7, 8.1, macOS, Android, and iOS, but you’ll have to do the installation part on your own. Microsoft has previously confirmed that it would keep supporting Edge on Windows 7 until July 2021.
Also, speaking of Edge for Linux, we know that the browser is in the making, and we caught a glimpse of it at Build 2020 virtual event.