Microsoft has started rolling out its chromium-based edge browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Since Microsoft’s traditional browser is debuted with Chromium-based code, Edge becomes the most popular and trending web browser. Initially, it was delivered only to Windows 10 users but now with a recent update, Microsoft mentions that they are rolling out their edge browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 users too.
Windows 7 reached to the end of official support on 14 January 2020, and Microsoft stated that they will no longer release any new update for Windows 7 unless an extended security subscription plan is purchased. On 17th June 2020, Microsoft released the KB4567409 update for Windows 7 through that Windows 7 users can install a new chromium-browser.
Microsoft Rolls Out its Chromium Based Edge browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 Users
Microsoft support’s notice strictly mentioned that this update is not for the Enterprise device, it is specifically for the Windows 7, 8.1 or later versions that are either Home, Professional, Ultimate, Starter, or Core editions.
Microsoft explains that the new chromium-based edge browser will automatically be pinned to the taskbar and a shortcut will be added to the desktop too. The new Edge will not become a default browser automatically, and if you are using an edge browser previously, so it will automatically replace it, although this will not happen with Internet explorer.
As Microsoft stated that “Microsoft has released a new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge. This new version provides the best in class compatibility with extensions and websites. Additionally, this new version provides great support for the latest rendering capabilities, modern web applications, and powerful developer tools across all supported OS platforms.“
This update will automatically appear with Windows update in Windows 8.1, the edge browser for Windows 7 and 8.1 users will come up with several fixes and improvements. And to have this update you should fulfill following prerequisite requirements
- You must have the SHA-2 update (KB4474419) that is dated September 23, 2019, or a later SHA-2 update installed and then restart your device before you apply this update. If you use Windows Update, the latest SHA-2 update will be offered to you automatically.
- You must have the servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628) that is dated March 12, 2019, or a later SSU update installed. For more information about the latest SSU updates
If you do not found any update yet, download the edge browser for Windows 7 and 8.1, so you can download the new Chromium-based Edge from here.