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Microsoft Edge: Out With The Old And In With The New

13 April may be the last time you ever see the legacy version of Edge. Although support for the legacy edition of Edge in terms of security updates will be terminated 9 March, it will still be usable up until the new update on 13 April which will completely remove the old Edge. It is confirmed that all versions of Windows will be affected by this patch ranging from version 1803 which is the April 2018 update to 20H2 which is the latest, October 2020 update.

After support for Microsoft Edge Legacy ends on March 9, 2021, the new Microsoft Edge will be installed when you apply April's Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update.https://t.co/Zyg82xrOz5 pic.twitter.com/O83TupbsTv — Microsoft Edge Dev (@MSEdgeDev) February 5, 2021

Do not worry however, Microsoft has assured that all your settings on the legacy Edge will be brought over to the new Edge, same goes for your default browser settings and more. That said, if you are not to keen on losing legacy Edge forever, you may opt out of the update by declining to patch it. However, Microsoft does not recommend it as they stated there could be security issues if your Windows is not kept up to date. You may refer to the blog post by Microsoft.

The new Edge serves as a huge upgrade to the legacy edition as it was built on the foundations of Chromium which may be familiar to most of you as Chromium was used to create Google Chrome and therefore the new Edge will have most of the features that Google Chrome has such as customizability of extensions, tracking prevention and more. You may refer to all the features of the new Edge in this post by Microsoft.

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