First released in January of last year, Chromium-based Edge (opens in new tab) is designed to replace Edge Legacy which was released by the software giant all the way back in 2015.
While Microsoft first began pre-installing its new browser on business laptops (opens in new tab) and other devices that shipped with the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, users running older versions of the operating system had to download Chromium Edge and install it manually.
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Now though when Windows users install the April edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates, Edge Legacy which is based on EdgeHTML will be removed entirely from their systems and replaced with Chromium-based Edge which is based on Blink.
So long Edge Legacy
Once the April Patch Tuesday update is applied, Microsoft Edge will become both an essential and mandatory component of Windows 10 (opens in new tab).
For users that have blocked the Chromium Edge update by using group polices or registry hacks, these settings will be ignored with the new update and Edge Legacy will be automatically removed. This is because support for Edge Legacy ended last month (opens in new tab) and now Microsoft wants to ensure that all Windows 10 users are using the same version of its browser.
If you've yet to test out Chromium-based Edge on your Windows 10 PC yet, now is the time to do so as Microsoft is constantly adding new features such as vertical tabs (opens in new tab), sleeping tabs (opens in new tab), a reinvented toolbar (opens in new tab) and more to its browser in an effort to get users to make the switch from Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to Edge.
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