a new software update is the last thing Windows 7 users can imagine, nonetheless, they are getting one. Microsoft is pushing the new Edge Chromium web browser to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices as part of the roll-out.
The new Chromium-based Edge, which was released earlier this year, is already available for Windows 7 with a manual download option. However, the browser is now being delivered as an update through the native Windows Update service built into the OS.
The German blog WindowsArea (via MSPowerUser) uploaded a screenshot of the Windows Update UI showing the new Edge update (KB4567409), which is about 80MB in size.
Speaking of the changes, the new Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar and will be added as a Desktop shortcut on Windows 7, Microsoft said in a support document. However, it will not replace Internet Explorer or change the default browser on the system.
For the uninitiated, Windows 7 reached end-of-life back in January when Microsoft halted all sorts of features and security updates for the older operating system. That being said, it did receive an out-of-band update the same month to fix a bug that messed up the wallpaper.
Microsoft was able to make Edge browser compatible with Windows 7 and other platforms after switching to the Chromium’s source code. The company previously confirmed that it would support Edge on Windows 7 until July 2021.
So, if you want to keep using the new web browser and older Windows version, you have at least one more year before you might want to jump to Windows 10 or some other Windows 7 alternative.