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Microsoft touts new business features slated for Edge

Microsoft on Tuesday spelled out some of the business-designed additions and improvements it plans for the Edge browser.

The Chromium-based Edge, which Microsoft debuted in stable form in January, was to have been slowly rolled out to a subset of users “in the coming weeks” after a Jan. 15 announcement. That didn’t happen.

Whether because of Microsoft’s own delays, the disruption of lock-downs and work-at-home orders resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, or a combination, Microsoft never got around to distributing the new Edge.

That will now change, Microsoft pledged, effectively calling a do-over. Edge will be “delivered via a measured roll-out that you’ll see ramping up over the course of the next few weeks,” Kyle Pflug, principal program manager, wrote in a post to a company blog.

Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices that are not being managed by IT will be eligible for the automatic replacement of old Edge with new Edge. Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education will be immune from the Microsoft-mandated takeover, as will Home and Pro systems joined to an Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain, or which receive updates and upgrades via WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) or WUfB (Windows Update for Business).

Users have been able to manually download and install Chromium Edge, and will continue to be allowed to do so.

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