Windows 10 version 20H2 or newer install new Microsoft Edge
onto user desktops – whether they want it or not. However, the
legacy or old Microsoft Edge is still included in the operating
system, which means Windows 10 comes with three different
pre-installed browsers – Internet Explorer, old Edge and new
In a new language pack released for Windows 10 21H2 preview
builds, Microsoft appears to have dropped support for legacy
Edge browser. This move looks to be part of the company’s plans
to remove Microsoft Edge Legacy when the fall 2021 update is
released later this year.
Note that the old Edge is still included in the preview builds,
but the leak suggests that Microsoft is trying to unify the web
browsing experience on Windows. At some point, users won’t be
able to access the old Microsoft Edge.
As we mentioned above, Windows 10 now comes with the latest
version of Microsoft Edge and user data from older versions of
the browser is carried over during the first setup experience.
The Windows maker has already confirmed that the original Edge
browser will stop being supported in March and users have been
encouraged to use the new version of Microsoft Edge, which is
based on Chromium with focus on security and performance.
However, ‘EdgeHTML’ engine integration in Windows and some
other Edge related services won’t be removed anytime soon.
Internet Explorer bites the dust in August
Microsoft is also planning to make Internet Explorer browser
obsolete by cutting more features. According to the
roadmap, Microsoft 365 services and online apps will no longer
support Internet Explorer 11.
In other words, if you try to access those services in Internet
Explorer, you’ll be redirected to the Chromium Edge. You can
still manage your Microsoft account using Internet Explorer,
but many features will be unavailable.
In fact, Microsoft is already redirecting Internet Explorer
users to Chromium Edge when they try to access popular
websites, such as YouTube or Disney.