Important browser update. Updates for Microsoft Edge provide important security patches, new features, and performance improvements. The Edge browser automatically updates itself, but you can manually check and install the update.
There are two versions of Microsoft Edge: The original one that comes with Windows 10 and the new Microsoft Edge based on the open source Chromium code. How you update your Edge browser depends on which one you have.
How to Upgrade to a New Edge Browser
If you have not yet updated your Windows 10 PC to the new Microsoft Edge, you can download it from the Microsoft website. Install it on your PC and it will replace the old Edge browser. If you want the old Edge browser back, you can uninstall the new Edge as if it were uninstalled in another application.
Microsoft will eventually install the new Edge web browser on all Windows 10 PCs through Windows Update. However, on May 12, 2020, that hasn’t happened. If you want to wait, hold on tight – you will automatically get the latest version of Edge on all your Windows 10 PCs.
The new Edge is also available for Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android.
How to Update a New Edge Browser
The new Microsoft Edge browser is based on Chromium updates such as Google Chrome. It downloads and installs updates for itself automatically.
To manually check for updates on Edge, click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the Edge browser window. It looks like three horizontal points.
Edge will check for every available update and automatically install the available updates. Edge will also show you the browser version that you have installed on this page.
The About page will ask you to restart the Edge browser if you have not restarted since installing the latest version.
You can also access this page by copying edge: // settings / help to the Edge address bar and pressing Enter.
How to Update the Original Edge Browser
The original version of Microsoft Edge is included with Windows 10 updates through Windows Update.
To check for installation of Edge updates, go to Settings> Updates & Security> Windows Update. Windows will check for updates and offer to install them. An update for the Edge browser is included in the normal cumulative update package for the Windows 10 operating system.
In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically installs updates so security updates and Edge browser bug fixes will be installed automatically.
How to Update Edge to Insider Build Not Stable
If you want the Edge version to be unstable with new features, you can download it from the official Microsoft Edge Insider website.
Microsoft offers a Beta channel that gets major updates every six weeks, a Dev channel that is updated every week, and a Canary channel that is updated almost every night. Wake up moving from Canary to Dev to Beta and finally reaching the Stable channel when stable.
Most people should not install this unstable build, but they are very useful for web developers who want to test the latest browser version before it is released. Fans might also want to experiment with new features and help Microsoft find bugs, like they did with the Windows 10 Insider program.
Edge uses the same release channel structure as Google Chrome, ensuring the new browser version gets a lot of bug testing before being released.
You can even install all four versions of Edge on a computer at once: Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary. Each gets its own shortcut in your Start menu, and each is updated separately. Click menu> Help and feedback> About Microsoft Edge anywhere from them to check for updates for that browser.
The New Edge Is a Great Update for Everyone
Historically, major new Edge features have been included with major feature updates for Windows 10. Microsoft generally releases this every six months.
However, by switching to the new Edge based on Google Chrome, the new Edge feature will arrive every six weeks instead. That’s how often Google updates Chrome. Major updates such as Windows 10 May 2020 Update no longer include new features for older versions of Edge.
The new Edge offers a world-class search experience based on open source Chromium code. Google uses this Chromium code as a base for Google Chrome, so the new Edge and Chrome have a lot in common. Experienced Chrome users will enjoy browsing the web with Edge.
Edge still has several features not found in Google Chrome, such as tracking prevention features and InPrivate Browsing for private browsing online.
Microsoft has gone a long way since Internet Explorer. Even if you plan to keep using Google Chrome, many of the improvements Microsoft makes to the new Edge will be put back into the Chromium platform and headed for Chrome. In other words, Microsoft will make Chrome better. Of course it applies both ways. Improvements made by Google to Chrome will make Microsoft Edge even better. The collaboration between Microsoft and Google is good news for everyone, whether you continue to use the Windows 10 web browser or download Google Chrome.