PSA: Microsoft Edge Legacy support ends today
The original Microsoft Edge browser wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t finished. Microsoft hasn’t always made the best decisions when it comes to Windows 10 (who can forget the dark days when the software giant 'upgraded' Windows 7 machines to the new OS without user consent), but adopting the Chromium engine for a brand new version of Edge was one of its smartest moves.
The new Chromium browser is a huge improvement, which is just as well as from today Microsoft is stopping supporting its predecessor, now referred to as Edge Legacy.
The Microsoft Edge Team says:
Our new modern browser, Microsoft Edge, debuted over a year ago and today can be found on hundreds of millions of devices. Last August, we announced that Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support would end on March 9, 2021 as part of this transition to the new Microsoft Edge. Today, Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support officially ends, and it will no longer receive future security updates.
Additionally, we announced that the now out-of-support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application will be removed and replaced with the new Microsoft Edge when customers apply April’s Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update (or "B" release). For more details and an FAQ, please see our announcement blog post.
If you haven’t already made the switch to the 'new' Chromium Edge (or had the switch made for you), now is a great time to do so. While the end of support for Edge Legacy is a big incentive, the arrival of Microsoft Edge 89 is arguably an even greater one as it delivers improved browser performance, vertical tabs, and more.