Microsoft has started pushing the new Microsoft Edge browser to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.
Specifically, this update is available for (non-Enterprise) devices running Windows 7 SP1 or later versions and Windows 8.1 or later versions that are either Home, Professional, Ultimate, Starter, or Core editions.
Devices that run these editions on Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain are also excluded from this automatic update.
The new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge provides:
- best in class compatibility with extensions and websites.
- great support for the latest rendering capabilities
- support for modern web applications, and powerful developer tools across all supported OS platforms.
Improvements and fixes
This update includes the following quality improvements:
- The new Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar and add a shortcut to the desktop. If your current version of Microsoft Edge already has a shortcut, it will be replaced.
- The new Microsoft Edge will not replace Internet Explorer.
- This update will not change your default browser
To learn more about the new Microsoft Edge, see the following resources:
- New Year, New Browser – The New Microsoft Edge is Out of Preview and Now Available for Download
- Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge
Important Before you install this update, see the Prerequisites section.