The time has come! After a long test phase and a long period of time in which the new Microsoft Edge browser could only be downloaded manually, the automatic rollout of the new Microsoft browser via Windows Update now follows. The new Chromium-based Edge will replace the old UWP-based browser. However, not all users will see the new browser for the time being.
Microsoft releases a new version of Edge browser via Windows 10 updates
The new browser will be rolled out for all Windows 10 versions from version 1803. As with a cumulative update, users do not have to do anything, the update comes automatically. The new browser will replace the old Edge. Shortcuts on the desktop and the start menu will be replaced by the new Edge. So, as a user, you don’t have to do anything yourself.
Since, as is usual with Microsoft, it is a gradual rollout, not all users are immediately provided with the new browser. It will take a few more weeks here until the old Edge has completely disappeared. Users who want the new Edge immediately can of course download and install it from Microsoft’s website as before.
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The new Microsoft Edge Browser is based on the Chromium engine and offers excellent performance and many of the well-known functions of the UWP Edge Browser. Further functions will also celebrate their return in future updates. The integration of the Fluent design is also on the developers’ list. The new browser is already convincing across the board and is enjoying growing popularity. With the automatic rollout, Microsoft is now taking the final step and retiring the old Edge.
Microsoft Edge Market share
Netmarketshare, a web analytics company, has recently published statistics on the prevalence of various Internet browsers and operating systems in the world as of May 2020. If in April the share of Windows 10 decreased from 57.34% to 56%, then in May it began to recover, reaching 57.83%.
With the recovery of Windows 10, the Linux platform has not stopped growing. It received a stake of 3.17% in May after 2.87% in April and 1.36% in March. MacOS positions remain almost unchanged – the share decreased from 9.75% to 9.68%. But Windows 7 continues to fall – now the OS accounts for 24% of the market after April 25.59% and March 26.3%.
Google browser continues to confidently dominate and enhance its superiority. Chrome already accounts for 69.81%, a new record after April’s 69.18%. Edge rose slightly from 7.76% to 7.86%, but Firefox’s share in third place fell from 7.25% to 7.23%.