In a new post in the Microsoft Docs, the Redmond company has now announced how long the Microsoft Edge will be supported under the various operating systems.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will continue to be supported with the latest versions of Microsoft Edge until July 15, 2021. Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607 and 1703 are no longer included. From Windows 10 1709 and the LTSC versions, as well as Windows Server from 2012 and Windows 8.1, are still on the list of supported systems.
Microsoft naturally recommends switching to the current operating system for security reasons. But I guess if you’re on Windows 7, you won’t necessarily use Microsoft Edge, will you?
Microsoft will support Edge on Windows 7 until July 2021
So Microsoft will do the same with the Edge as with Windows 10 itself. Gradually remove the old versions from the list of supported operating systems so that you stay up to date. Of course, it’s not a bad thing and Microsoft saves a lot of work.
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We will continue to support Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021. These operating systems are out of support and Microsoft recommends you move to a supported operating system such as Windows 10. While Microsoft Edge helps keep you more secure on the web, your PC may still be vulnerable to security risks. In order for IE mode to get support on these operating systems the devices will need to have the Extended Security Updates for Windows 7. Without the Windows 7 Extended Security updates Internet Explorer functionality will be vulnerable to security risks. Additionally, IE mode functionality may cease to work without the continued servicing through the extended security updates.
The complete list including macOS, iOS and Android can be found here: docs.microsoft.
It is worth mentioning that recently, Netmarketshare has released market share data for desktop operating systems and browsers in March 2020. In the report, we can clearly find that Microsoft Edge has become the second-largest browser in the world. Thus, ‘the browser for downloading other browsers’ has been recovered. OK, this phrase was actual for Internet Explorer. But we should also admit that many think of Edge as the successor of Internet Explorer. Thus, it ‘inherits’ all the shortcomings of the latter.