New Update Experience for Mac available in Microsoft Edge Canary  

    New Update Experience for Mac available in Microsoft Edge Canary

    New Update Experience for Mac available in Microsoft Edge Canary

    Posted: 11 Mar 2021
    Getting updates timely and smoothly is key to keeping web browsers secure. It also helps you try new experiences sooner on a fast-moving browser like Microsoft Edge.

    Since Microsoft Edge launched on MacOS, we have heard your feedback on the update experience on Mac devices, specifically:

    • Having to update through Microsoft AutoUpdate can be confusing, especially since it typically is used to update the Office suite applications.

    • edge://settings/help was not always consistent with Microsoft AutoUpdate in showing update availability
    • Update experience was not rapid: when you close and then reopen your browser when a new update is available, you will need to wait until the update is applied before browser restarts.

    We are now excited to announce an improved update experience on Mac to address your feedback, making updating faster and smoother. This experience is currently rolled out to Mac users with Intel chips on Canary versions higher than 90.0.816.0 behind a feature flag. It will be available for Macs with M1 chips soon.

    Here are some highlights of the new experience:

    • The new update experience is now Edge-native. It will solely be responsible for updating Edge-related products and will not be affected (e.g. blocked) by other pending product updates. Updates will happen automatically and silently, and no out-of-Edge notifications/toasts will be shown.
    • edge://settings/help now more consistently reflects update status and allows seamless updates. In-app update notifications are promptly reflected when an update becomes available.

    • When you restart the browser when an update is available, your browser will now instantly relaunch with the updated version rather than wait for update to be applied.

    As always, please do not hesitate to send any feedback on the update experience our way so that we can make your experience better! You can do so by selecting the "send feedback" button or going to menu -> Help and Feedback -> send feedback. Stay tuned for more upgrades, including smaller update sizes!

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    11 Mar 2021


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