Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge through Windows Update (expanded)

    Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge through Windows Update (expanded)

    Upgrading to the new Microsoft Edge through Windows Update (expanded)


    Last Updated: 04 Sep 2020 at 16:29

    The world has changed dramatically over the past six months with shifts to remote work environments and virtual classrooms that are now accessed through the web browser. With remote work and learning, IT departments must be equipped to protect their schools and organizations in this new hyper-digital environment. To address these changed conditions, we are making our new browser—with the latest security features—more broadly available through Windows Update.

    We recently began rolling out the new Microsoft Edge browser to Windows 10 devices by Windows Update, following the plan we outlined in January which excluded education and business devices. We are now providing an update to that plan.



    Beginning no earlier than July 30, 2020, Microsoft will update Microsoft Edge Legacy to the new Microsoft Edge browser by Windows Update on Windows 10 devices in education and business. This update will not impact devices in education and business updated by Windows Update for Business (WUfB) or by Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Updates will target education devices first to accommodate back-to-school timing. We will share a business timeline at a later date.

    In summary, no action is required with this change. If you are a K-12 educational organization, there are additional steps required to configure for education. If you want to block this update for your organization, review the information on the Blocker Toolkit page. Review the FAQ below for more information on this update.

    Microsoft Edge for Remote Learning and Work

    Protecting organizations—while offering new ways to support productivity in remote learning and work scenarios—is why we have decided to extend the audiences for this important update.

    Security to match the moment

    The new normal is here to stay. In a blog post last week, Forrester Research shared that they see most clients planning to permanently leave 20% - 30% of the workforce remote, up to even 50%. Similarly, a recent study by University of Michigan found that 1 in 3 of parents may not send children to school because of the pandemic. The phenomenon of users using their personal devices, and working off their personal and other non-corporate networks to access organizational data and resources, is not a one-time spike.

    We are updating Microsoft Edge Legacy to the new Microsoft Edge because we believe it is the best browser for business and educational institutions. Fundamentally, the new Microsoft Edge is a modern browser that offers a fast cadence in terms of delivering security updates, enabling responsive security.

    Importantly, we want to help you prevent security issues. Threat analysis during this time by the Microsoft Threat Protection Intelligence Team showed that “the vast majority of the threat landscape [still] falls into typical phishing and identity compromise patterns.” Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is integrated by design into the new Microsoft Edge, providing an early warning system against websites that might engage in phishing attacks. Even if your end users haven’t received training on phishing threats, they will be steered to avoid traps with clear warnings such as the below.



    Microsoft Defender SmartScreen example

    To address identity—while also helping you balance between security and productivity—the new Microsoft Edge enables single sign-on and natively supports Azure AD Conditional Access. There’s no need to install a separate extension. You can enable seamless access to enterprise or educational cloud resources protected using Conditional Access, and do so across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

    Additionally, we recommend that you consolidate on one browser to access the modern web and legacy web apps. Internet Explorer mode enables employees to surf the modern web with the latest security features and productively access Internet Explorer apps and sites from tabs in the same browser.

    We encourage you to explore additional security features supported by the new Microsoft Edge, such as Windows Defender Application Guard (hardware isolation), Windows Information Protection (data disclosure management), and Password Monitor (alerts on password breaches, since employees may use same passwords in different settings; available in Canary Preview build now).

    How to Enable or Disable Password Monitor in Microsoft Edge Chromium

    Management of the new Microsoft Edge is simple – the enterprise-ready recommended security configuration baseline package is already available as part of the Security Compliance Toolkit.

    Learning more and working smarter

    End users are seeking tools to cope with the new normal too. We believe that the new Microsoft Edge is the best browser to support students and employees with remote learning and work.

    School, work, and home life have blended, but online life and data can be neatly separated with multiple profiles on the new Microsoft Edge. School, work, and personal profiles can sync across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices with the new Microsoft Edge installed. Swapping profiles is one-click, thanks to automatic profile switching that prompts users with the appropriate profile when needed.

    With students so reliant on digital learning now, built-in learning tools in the browser can be a lifeline. Immersive Reader helps to improve reading comprehension by reducing distractions on a web page. Students can just hit the F9 key to open web pages in Immersive Reader (or right click on any highlighted text to open only that text) for a distraction-free experience with additional options to learn grammar, narrow visual focus to a few or a single line, and even translate text in 54 languages.

    Lastly, when life is all-digital, everyone is swimming in information. For visual learners, Collections is an easy method to track key links. Tracking down last week’s assignment or yesterday’s presentation can be time-consuming, but in the new Microsoft Edge, students and employees can simply search for internal files, data, and websites in the address bar just like they search the web. Opening a new tab page can now be a time saver too. Setting the new tab page layout to Office 3651 creates a “document dashboard” for recent files, shared docs, and pinned sites. Notice the Office “waffle” is at the top left corner of the new tab page for a shortcut to the Office 365 suite of apps.

    With fast performance, compatibility across modern and legacy web apps and sites, security with simple management, and productivity tools in line with the new normal, Microsoft recommends the new Microsoft Edge browser for education and business customers – available on Windows 10, Mac, iOS, and Android.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is happening?
    Beginning no earlier than July 30, 2020, Microsoft will update Microsoft Edge Legacy to the new Microsoft Edge browser by Windows Update on Windows 10 devices in education and business.

    This will only impact Windows Update-connected education and business devices. This update will not impact devices in education and business updated by Windows Update for Business (WUfB) or by Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

    When can I expect this?
    Microsoft will begin with education devices and update them to the new Microsoft Edge by Windows Update in the weeks after July 30, 2020.

    Updates will target education devices first to accommodate back-to-school timing. We will share a business timeline at a later date.

    What won’t happen?
    Internet Explorer 11 will remain untouched on the device. This update will respect your previously established default browser choice.

    Will anything more happen after this update?
    Once the new Microsoft Edge is delivered by Windows Update, the browser will automatically update shortly after to the latest version currently in-market (no additional is required action to update to the most recent version).

    Are there any special instructions for educational organizations?
    Microsoft Edge requires additional steps to configure for K-12 education. To understand these requirements, or how to enable specific features, please visit https://aka.ms/EdgeEduReference

    Can I get help with deploying the new Microsoft Edge?
    If you’d like help to upgrade all your organization’s devices to the new Microsoft Edge, FastTrack can help with deployment and configuration at no additional charge for customers with eligible Microsoft 365 subscriptions.

    If your web apps or sites work on Internet Explorer 11, supported versions of Google Chrome, or any version of Microsoft Edge, they'll also work with the new Microsoft Edge. If you encounter web app or site compatibility issues, FastTrack Specialists provide advisory and remediation guidance at no additional cost for customers with eligible subscriptions through the App Assure program.

    For self-guided deployment information, visit our Microsoft Edge Docs site.

    How can I block delivery of the new Microsoft Edge?
    While we recommend updating to the new Microsoft Edge, we understand that your organization may want to make a different choice. If your organization would like to keep using Microsoft Edge Legacy, visit the Blocker Toolkit page on Microsoft Docs for information on how to block automatic delivery.

    What will happen to Microsoft Edge Legacy policies and extensions?
    Existing policies set for Microsoft Edge Legacy will not transfer over to the new Microsoft Edge and need to be reconfigured. A reference document for how policies in Microsoft Edge Legacy map to policies in the new Microsoft Edge can be found here.

    Microsoft Edge Legacy extensions will be imported into the new Microsoft Edge during the onboarding process if the equivalent extension is available in the Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store. You can also use policy to manage extensions in your environment.

    1 Microsoft 365 subscription required and sold separately

    1 Microsoft 365 subscription required and sold separately


    Source: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/...te/m-p/1499724

    See also:

    Latest Microsoft Edge released for Windows

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    30 Jun 2020


  1. Posts : 248
    Win 10 Pro 64
       #1

    Three days ago my OS crashed, according to the Win 10 message, due to unsafe software. That was the same day that I got the Edge update. Possibly a coincidence?
    The message didn't give me any details about the safety problem, BUT, the Win 10 installation was automatically repaired by a reinstall, which left me with many programmes disappeared! I am now spending a lot of time reinstalling several, mainly from the discs or downloads I saved when first installing Win 10 18 months ago.

    Since the repaired Win 10 installation has been active, several messages have popped up and they now take a completely different format from that the message boxes used to have. Additionally, system messages on starting before the Welcome screen have been in a much larger and different style font!

    Is there any information about this sneaked in version of the OS and what other nasty surprises are waiting to be discovered?

    Tony
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 7,127
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #2

    Still no sign of Edge Chromium via Windows Update on my PCs running 10 Pro
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 1,904
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #3

    " Still no sign of Edge Chromium via Windows Update ".............took me too long , so decided to download/install myself .
    Dont regret it , so far !
    Its a big improvement compared with IE11 , which I always used...............
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 7,127
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #4

    pietcorus2 said:
    " Still no sign of Edge Chromium via Windows Update ".............took me too long , so decided to download/install myself .
    Dont regret it , so far !
    Its a big improvement compared with IE11 , which I always used...............
    I'm not too bothered since I'm a long term Chrome User. Interestingly, one PC on v2004 has updated via Windows Update today but not the rest on v1909.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 630
       #5

    Edge is fine, but the more I learn about Chrome it is still king in my book. Edge has tools I will never use, none that my Chrome provides.

    Plus I have my own custom theme I designed for Chrome which I could never do with Edge, not to mention the create short cut tool. Far superior IMHO
      My Computer


 

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