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At the beginning of this week, Microsoft announced that they would replace the old and original Edge browser from the Windows 10 education and business PCs with the latest Chromium-based version. The latest version will be released on or after 30th July 2020. There is a possibility that the Chromium update will provide better compatibility with websites and backward compatibility with IE for a line of business apps.

The machines under the educational settings will get the priorities first. According to the reports, the PCs that are running on Windows updates will automatically get updated to the Chromium Edge. This update will not impact educational and business devices that are updated by either Windows Update for Business or Windows Server Update Services. In mid-January, Microsoft came up with the auto swap idea and public release of its first stable channel. Then the firm guidelines were set for the PCs that would forcibly replace the legacy of Edge with the latest Chromium edition.

Windows 10 Enterprise Education and Workstation Pro will remain safe from the updates. Windows 10 Pro systems that joined the Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain, the PCs that are updated by Windows Server Update Service, and controlled using the System Centre Configuration Manager tools will also remain unchanged from the latest updates. However, workers and students can manually obtain the Chrome-based Edge or Chromium Edge.

Earlier this year, Microsoft had started to bring the Chromium-based Edge browser in the frame to the Windows 10 desktop through Windows Update service. Microsoft’s team recently cited that any device that is serviced by Windows Updates would be eligible for this upgrade. If your organization wants to obstruct this update, then you can use the Blocker Toolkit curated for Edge-to-Edge that was released back in December 2019. This kit can block Windows Update on the new Edge.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, the Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, confirmed that most of the other elements of the swaps are secured in place. Internet Explorer 11 will remain unchanged, and the Edge update might not get declared as default, and the legacy Edge will remain hidden but will not be deleted from the system. Once the updates are available to the Windows PCs, they will declare the browser as the latest version, and the secured updates for the new browser will be provided within every 6 to 8 weeks.


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