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New Edge Browser Coming To Windows 10 Through Updates

By March 5, 2020May 9th, 2022Technology News

Microsoft Edge has been changed and improved many times. It is now Chromium-based, and is one important step closer to widespread release. At present, the new browser is available to Windows 10 Insiders in the “Release Preview” ring. It will remain there for at least a few weeks for testing. Assuming no major problems are revealed, it will be delivered to all Windows 10 users via the next update in the cycle.

Note that when the new Microsoft Edge is installed, it will delete the version of the software currently on your machine. This may be problematic for some users.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to prevent Windows from installing the new version of Edge. It is possible, but to do so, you’ll need to wade into the Registry.

If you are confident in your technical abilities, here’s what to do:

In particular, you’re’ looking for: ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftEdgeUpdate’

Here, you’ll find a ‘DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium’ key. Set the value here to 1 and you’ll prevent the update. The standard warning and proviso applies though. Even experienced IT professionals often balk at manually tweaking the registry, so proceed with much caution.

At this point, it seems clear that Microsoft isn’t interested in even trying to win the browser war. That ship has sailed, and we don’t think that’s really the point of yet another Microsoft browser overhaul. It seems far more likely that this is about legacy.

Microsoft can’t afford to abandon their browser because a number of their Enterprise clients have built websites around Internet Explorer. Edge was designed to be backward compatible with Explorer. The new Chromium Edge will continue that tradition while modernizing the browser, at least keeping it somewhat competitive.

While we understand all of that, it is increasingly difficult to get excited about yet another Edge/Explorer reboot. Here’s hoping this will be the last one needed for some time to come.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.