Microsoft rolls out its Chromium-based Edge to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users -

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Since its debut as a Chromium-based browser, Microsoft Edge has become much more popular and, on top of that, has started rolling out to many more users. Now, Microsoft is starting to deliver the new Microsoft Edge as a part of the latest Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates.

Microsoft Edge rolled out as a part of the latest Windows 10 updates earlier this year, potentially delivering the browser to millions of users. Now, millions of other users are about to get the browser installed on their laptops and desktops.

As noted in an update changelog directly from Microsoft, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are both about to get the Chromium-based Edge through Windows Update. This latest update actually started rolling out on June 17th, so it should be available for many at this point.

Microsoft explains that the new, Chromium-based Edge will be automatically pinned to the taskbar and will have a shortcut added to the desktop too. Users of the previous version of Edge, too, will see their shortcuts replaced. This won’t happen for Internet Explorer, though. The new Microsoft Edge won’t automatically become the default browser either.

Microsoft has released a new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge. This new version provides 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. The new Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar and add a shortcut to the desktop. If your current version of Microsoft Edge already has a shortcut, it will be replaced.

Microsoft explains that Windows 8.1 users will get this update automatically, but there are a couple of prerequisites to get it on Windows 7. Users will need to be on Service Pack 1 with the SHA-2 update (KB4474419) update installed as well as the servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628). Both of those were released in 2019.

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Posting the article here because the browser appeared on my Windows 7 laptop this morning, and lol who cares, I'm still going to use Chrome regardless, and I don't want anymore cancer on my slowly dying laptop
 

Sam Losco

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Without clicking the link, I'm going to assume "much more popular" means they have 5 users instead of 0.
 

Harvey Danger

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Its been a fucking godsend with work, You see normal people are fucking retards.
who dont know what a webbrowser is, so having something that just werks, and isent a piece of shit is pretty comfy.

10/10 good doing of the needful sir.
I second this. There's a lot of major websites that are ending support for the old version of Edge, and are only supporting the newer Chromium version of it. Pushing it to older systems helps with the users, who otherwise would ignore every e-mail telling to switch browsers.
 

BroccoliBrain

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I don’t know if it’ll actually work but the second I saw that thing pop up on my screen I used WinDirStat to delete its folder.
 

Pinochet Was Right

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Edge is Chrome done right. I think people are too stuck in the "ms bad google/apple good" mindset, and if you prefer Chrome because "ms is spying on you", that's fucking retarded, switch to Firefox or something else in that case.

I downloaded it on January just to test it and never stopped using it, to the point I got into the phone sync ecosystem with the My Phone app.

And this is coming from a loyal Firefox user and Chrome hater. I mean I have a garbage low end laptop where I do some light gaming (heavily modded old games for example), video editing, transcoding, 3d modeling, etc, takes a while but works and I can do tiny stuff like scrolling and typing in parallel. But if I run Chrome, it brings the laptop to its knees by just launching, even the mouse gets choppy. Edge is so snappy I even made a bunch of PWAs like WhatsApp, Office Online, MEGA, Spotify etc. into standalone app mode windows and they're by far faster than the native Windows clients.
 
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Edge is Chrome done right. I think people are too stuck in the "ms bad google/apple good" mindset, and if you prefer Chrome because "ms is spying on you", that's fucking retarded, switch to Firefox or something else in that case.

I downloaded it on January just to test it and never stopped using it, to the point I got into the phone sync ecosystem with the My Phone app.

And this is coming from a loyal Firefox user and Chrome hater. I mean I have a garbage low end laptop where I do some light gaming (heavily modded old games for example), video editing, transcoding, 3d modeling, etc, takes a while but works and I can do tiny stuff like scrolling and typing in parallel. But if I run Chrome, it brings the laptop to its knees by just launching, even the mouse gets choppy. Edge is so snappy I even made a bunch of PWAs like WhatsApp, Office Online, MEGA, Spotify etc. into standalone app mode windows and they're by far faster than the native Windows clients.

I just started using it on a cheap no name win10, and yeah, it's way faster than chrome. considerably faster given the 2 gigs of ram on this thing.
 

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Because they know people are still using it, so the least they can do is give it the browser it should have had from the start and keep weaning boomers off from IE. You know there's gotta be some serious overlap between IE users and people still on Windows 7.
It needs no extra effort to make it compatible since it's not made for the UWP API; if it can run Chrome, it can run the new Edge. I guess they only have to tell the update system to also send stuff to Windows 7.
 
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