Microsoft Edge Based on Chromium to Roll Out via Windows Updates, Toolkit to Control Auto-Installation Released


Microsoft-Edge based on Chromium is coming with the coming Windows updates. Earlier before, it was expected that the Microsoft-Edge based on Chromium will come with Windows operating system updates, but now, it is confirmed that it will be coming bundled with Windows updates for all PCs running Windows 10 1709 (Redstone 4 aka RS4) and later.

The new change comes a little over a month after Microsoft announced the general availability of the Chromium-based Edge browser. The company has also released a Blocker Toolkit to let enterprises disable automatic delivery and installation of Microsoft Edge for organizations where Automatic Updates on PCs is enabled by default.

“To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) through Automatic Updates for Windows 10 RS4 and newer,” the company writes in its support documentation.

The company further mentioned in separate documentation that there will be some changes provided to the operating system to ensure the new Edge version fits seamlessly into Windows. Also, it highlights that feature updates for the Edge browser will be released roughly on a six-week cycle, whereas security and compatibility updates will be seeded as per the requirements.

“Updates won’t change the user experience until the Stable channel of the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed. Installing Microsoft Edge Beta, Dev or Canary won’t trigger any changes in Windows. These browser releases will be installed alongside existing browsers,” the support documentation states.

In addition to this, Microsoft also noted that the new update to the Edge will update the existing pins, tab, tiles, and shortcuts on the Start menu as well as on the taskbar. It is also worth noting here that the attempts to launch the current version of Microsoft Edge will redirect to its next version.

A Blocker Toolkit executable file is provided to organizations to disable automatic delivery of new Edge versions. Windows 10 Home users can also install the Blocker Toolkit. Furthermore, it isn’t designed to block the manual installation of the Chromium-based Edge browser. 

This means that employees and home members restricted by the new toolkit will continue to have the option to install the latest version on their machines unless it has been blocked separately. The support documentation detailing the Blocker Toolkit was first noticed by Windows Latest.

To make Microsoft Edge based on Chromium a successful launch, which is set for general availability on January 15, 2020, Microsoft is encouraging developers to start building new extensions. The company has opened the Microsoft Edge Addons store for submissions for all developers. Also, it is no longer accepting new extension submissions for EdgeHTML-based Microsoft Edge releases. Developers do have the option to submit updates to their existing extensions, though.

“We recommend you prioritize building new extensions for the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, and continue to support your existing EdgeHTML-based extensions to ensure a quality experience for active users,” the company mentioned in a blog post addressing extension developers.

So, after all, we have to wait for the new Microsoft-Edge based on Chromium for atleast two weeks. From January 15, all the Windows users will get the new update to their system.

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