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Microsoft starts Edge-for-Edge swap on Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft has started to push the Chromium-based Edge browser to Windows 10 users through the Windows Update service, according to company support documents.

“This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update,” stated one of three support documents, marked KB4541301, KB4541302 and KB4541309.

Those documents spelled out previous updates that were required for the Edge auto-download, the versions of Windows effected by the Edge download-and-install – 1809, 1903, 1909 and the latest 2004 – and what data is supposed to migrate from the old Edge to the new.

Ghacks reported earlier this week on the support documents and their signaling of a start to Edge’s automatic downloading.

Systems served by Windows Update will be offered Edge 83, the current version since May 21, when Microsoft restarted the browser’s numbering. Microsoft, like Chrome, paused updates for several weeks, from late March to early April, because of the coronavirus pandemic; to make up for lost time, both Chrome and Edge skipped version 82, upgrading from 81 to 83 directly.

The trio of support documents did not lay out whether enterprises will be subjected to the Edge auto-download, but linked to prior pieces Microsoft has posted that do. From those documents, it was clear that Microsoft’s original plans, first revealed in January, have not changed.

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