Two weeks ago, sources at Microsoft told Neowin that the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (aka Redstone 3) would make Microsoft Edge a true Windows Store app. By implementing this change, the company’s new web browser would no longer need to wait for major Windows 10 updates to receive new features going forward
This change seemed to make perfect sense considering that competing web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox have now adopted a fast release cycle. However, it seems that unbundling Microsoft Edge updates from Windows 10 updates is actually not a priority for Microsoft: following a Build 2017 session dedicated to the web browser yesterday, a member of the Edge team told Neowin that there are “no plans for [unbundling] right now, but never say never.”
It’s not exactly clear why the company thinks that Microsoft Edge can thrive with only two major updates per year, but you can still be assured that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will bring significant improvements to the web browser. As the company detailed yesterday, you can expect speed improvements, better support of progressive web apps as well as visual improvements inspired by Microsoft’s Fluent Design System. Time will tell if this will be enough to gain more users.