In January, Microsoft introduced the new Edge browser based on
the open-source platform Chromium that also powers Google
Chrome. The old Microsoft Edge is now known as legacy Edge or
Edge legacy, and
Microsoft said that it’s preparing to drop support for the old
browser next year.
If you are still using Microsoft Edge to access WhatsApp Web,
then you really need to upgrade your browser. If you don’t,
then you cannot use WhatsApp web in Microsoft Edge, according
to a statement from the social media giant.
Facebook wants users to download the latest Windows 10 update
or WhatsApp desktop app (web wrapper) from the Microsoft
Store, hence the shift to the focus on the latest versions
of Microsoft Edge.
If you still want to use WhatsApp Web in Edge, Facebook
recommends upgrading to Microsoft Edge 80 or newer.
The message also recommends switching to alternatives, such as
Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
“To use WhatsApp, update Windows 10 to get the latest version
of Microsoft Edge or use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or
Opera,” the warning reads.
Naturally, Chromium Edge is set to replace Edge Legacy in all
versions of Windows 10, and Microsoft has already started
Windows 10 version 20H2 with the new browser, so you don’t
have to apply additional updates to make the switch.
In addition to the legacy Edge browser,
Microsoft also plans to kill Internet Explorer 11 by
blocking essential services in the browser. After the support
ends in March 2021, users will be redirected to the Chromium
Edge when they try to access incompatible sites using legacy
One of the big new features of the Chromium Edge is
Collections, which allows you to collect, organize and manage
your projects within the browser. There’s
another feature called Sleeping Tabs, which is meant to
ensure low memory usage by Edge when you open a lot of tabs.