Report: Microsoft to replace classic Edge with new Edge from early 2020 on

Microsoft revealed that the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will be released on January 15, 2020 officially (and that it will come to Linux) this week. What the company did not reveal at the time was when it planned to replace the classic Edge browser on supported versions of Windows 10 with the new Microsoft Edge browser.

According to a Neowin report, the replacement starts at the day of general availability.  Neowin writer Rich Woods claims that Microsoft will start the roll out replacement of classic Edge on January 15, 2020.

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Only a small group of devices will receive the new version of Microsoft Edge in the beginning as Microsoft wants to monitor the deployment and user feedback. It will speed up throughout the year.

OEMs will receive the new Edge as soon as it is ready as well so that it may be integrated directly into new Windows installations.

One of the main advantages of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser is that it does not rely on the underlying operating system anymore. In other words, Microsoft does not have to wait for a new feature release to come along to push the new browser to Windows 10 systems.

It is unclear how the new Edge will be pushed to devices. Will Microsoft announce the change to users of the device or even give them a choice in this regard, or will the new Edge be placed on the system silently in the background? Will there be a notification for users who use Edge actively or for all users?

Considering that the general availability is just two months away, we will soon find out one way or the other.

Microsoft has yet to confirm the plan that Neowin revealed and it should be filed under rumor for the time being.

Closing Words

The replacement should not affect Windows 10 users who don’t use Microsoft Edge and have no intention to use it. Users who use it actively currently may notice changes, e.g. that some features are no longer supported or that web compatibility and speed improved.

Now you: Will the Chromium-based Edge do better than classic Edge?

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