Windows 10 21H1 update will finally kill off classic Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge for Windows 10

The legacy version of Microsoft Edge codenamed ‘Spartan’ will
not ship with
Windows 10 version 21H1 and newer, according to updated
support documentation. For older Windows versions, Microsoft
Edge Legacy will disappear when the next batch of cumulative
updates is released on April 13.

Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge is the default browser in
Windows 10 version 20H2, but the operating system still comes
with the old Edge. In other words, Windows 10 currently comes
with three browsers pre-installed: Chromium Edge (default),
Microsoft Edge Legacy (hidden), and Internet Explorer
(optional/disabled).

Support for Edge Legacy ended on March 9 and the upcoming April
2021 cumulative update will remove the browser from older
versions of the OS.

Now, in an update to
the support document on March 6, Microsoft quietly
confirmed that Windows 10 21H1 would be the first version to
ship without the legacy Edge, which means the browser has been
completely removed.

Legacy Microsoft Edge

After the feature update, you won’t be able to find the browser
in the OS anymore or run two versions of Microsoft Edge
side-by-side.

However, Microsoft Store (UWP) apps that use EdgeHTML are not
affected as WebView remains supported.

For older versions of Windows 10, these changes will be
included in the April 2021 cumulative updates. This includes
version 1809, version 1903, version 1909, version 2004, and
version 20H2.

After these updates, Windows 10 will have Chromium Edge and
Internet Explorer (disabled/optional).

End of support notification in Microsoft Edge

In old Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has started alerting users
that they should ‘download the new version of Microsoft Edge
today’.

Legacy Edge browser

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft Edge
notification is also reminding users that support for the
browser has ended and no new security updates will be released.

This move is expected to improve the market share of Microsoft
Edge. Of course, Google Chrome still dominates the browser
game, but more users have made the switch to Microsoft Edge in
the last 6 months.

The new version of Edge, based on Google’s Chromium engine,
comes with big improvements and is better than Chrome in terms
of both performance and features.

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