Microsoft starts rolling out its new Edge browser to Windows 10 Education and Enterprise devices

Rabia Noureen

Last month, Microsoft started the automatic rollout of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge for some Windows 10 devices, with the new browser replacing the legacy version to become the default browser on these PCs. However, the automatic rollout was only happening on PCs running Windows 10 Home and Pro so far, and now Microsoft is all set to expand its availability to Business and Education versions of the OS in the coming weeks after July 30.

“Beginning no earlier than July 30, 2020, Microsoft will update Microsoft Edge Legacy to the new Microsoft Edge browser by Windows Update on Windows 10 devices in education and business,” Microsoft explained in a blog post this week. “This update will not impact devices in education and business updated by Windows Update for Business (WUfB) or by Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Updates will target education devices first to accommodate back-to-school timing. We will share a business timeline at a later date.”

According to Microsoft, “no action is required” at users’ end to get the automatic update. However, the company has provided some additional instructions to help K-12 educational institutions configure their devices to receive the update, as well as a blocker toolkit to block it for those who don’t want to update. In addition, Microsoft noted in the blog post that these devices can continue to run Internet Explorer 11 when the new Edge is installed, and the browser “will respect your previously established default browser choice”.

Microsoft has already confirmed that the upcoming feature update (Windows 10 20H2), to be available later this year, will be the first Windows 10 version to ship with the new Chromium-based Edge. Have you already received the new Microsoft Edge via Windows Update on your PC? Let us know in the comments down below.