The latest Windows 10 updates appear to forcefully install Microsoft Edge on users’ devices whether they like it or not.
Microsoft recently released two new updates to Windows 10 that it says must be installed by all users, but also install the company’s browser as part of that operation.
The download is identified in Windows Update as “Microsoft Edge 2020-08 Update for Windows 10 Version 2004 (KB4576754)” and affects versions 1809, 1903, 1909, and 2004. A second update named KB4576753 is exclusively for Windows 10 1803 and will also install the new Microsoft Edge.
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The move appears to be part of the Windows 10 maker’s plans to remove Microsoft Edge Legacy with its new Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft says the latest version will be installed when users start Edge for the first time and user data from older browser versions will be transferred.
This includes Start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts, but also taskbar pins and shortcuts – although the new Microsoft Edge is both pinned to the taskbar and a shortcut is added. in the office.
Users can uninstall the new Microsoft Edge, but that will involve delving into the command line functions, so you might be better off leaving it for now.
That push even included a nod to nostalgia, with Edge 85 including a new mode that emulates Internet Explorer so you can browse old legacy websites that won’t work in modern browsers.
The company also plans to launch a built-in price comparison tool and auto-fill coupon features in Microsoft Edge to make it more appealing to online shoppers.
Via Bleeping Computer / TechDows