Microsoft April security patch will remove “legacy” Edge browser
Microsoft Explained this week Its non-Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser (based on the earlier EdgeHTML technology) will be deleted when the April “Update Tuesday” security patch is applied to the Windows 10 system.
Specifically, the older or “old-style” Edge browser will be removed through a security update released on April 13, 2021, which represents Microsoft’s “B week” patch distribution schedule. Week B distribution (called “Update Tuesday”) takes place on the second Tuesday of each month and provides Microsoft security and quality fixes.
One month after the browser is no longer supported, the old version of Edge will be removed in April. EdgeHTML browser will lose support on March 9, 2021. Loss of support means that the browser may not be able to obtain future security fixes from Microsoft and may not be safe to use.
Microsoft generally recommends that organizations upgrade to the Chromium-based Edge browser before the end of support for the EdgeHTML browser in March.
Security patch delivery
Microsoft actually started removing the old Edge browser and replacing it with Chromium-based products Last January Even if you still receive technical support before March 9, 2021, you can do this through its automatic patch update service. Despite the replacement process, some organizations still retain older browsers.
For example, organizations can pre-set a block block to prevent the EdgeHTML browser from being replaced. They may also use the EdgeHTML browser in their computing environment because they only apply Microsoft’s security patches every month and not so-called “quality updates.”
Microsoft’s Repair plan Includes a monthly “security only” patch distribution option that organizations can use, but that option does not provide browser fixes. Quality updates (including security updates) are updates that bring browser fixes and updates to other application functions.
It seems that these security patches will remove the old version of the Edge browser in April, so organizations that apply pure security patches will not be exempted. Microsoft expressed this in a very low-key way:
In order to replace this unsupported application, we announced that the new Microsoft Edge will be available as part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update (also known as “Update Tuesday” (or “B”) version on April 13. , 2021. When this update is applied to the device, the unsupported old Microsoft Edge desktop application will be removed and the new Microsoft Edge will be installed.
If the organization applies its optional C week patch, Microsoft also plans to remove the old version of the Edge browser in March. Patch C arrives on the third Tuesday of each month.
Organizations that install Windows 10 version 20H2, October release, Already has Chromium-based Edge browser by default. After installing the Chromium-based Edge browser, Can’t delete By organization or individual.
Continue to support EdgeHTML Engine
Although the EdgeHTML browser is gone, its engine is not. Microsoft’s announcement stated: “EdgeHTML-the rendering engine of Microsoft Edge Legacy-will continue to be supported.”
Microsoft is obviously continuing to provide EdgeHTML engine support, because some web applications are based on it.
Internet Explorer mode
Many web applications are based on the old Internet Explorer browser technology. If Windows is supported, IE 11 will still be supported, which is the last of its kind in Internet Explorer, but it has lost support for Microsoft services. IE 11 has lost its ability to work best with Microsoft Teams and will lose its functionality with other Microsoft 365 services in August. Microsoft’s deprecation timeline.
The new Chromium-based Edge browser can be combined with the “Internet Explorer Mode” mechanism, which allows older web applications to run in the Chromium-based Edge browser.Organizations can use Microsoft Enterprise site discovery Tools to find websites and applications that still rely on these old IE technologies, and then set the IE mode to use in these instances.
Microsoft provides the latest guidance on how to use Edge and how to detect older versions of IE technology. This Microsoft Technical Community Post.The post also explains that Microsoft provides Fast track program Help upgrade to the Chromium-based Edge browser (for subscribers with 150 or more licenses).Microsoft also provides Application guarantee Program, when the application program is not compatible with the software upgrade, it can provide repair help.
Suggestions for kiosk users
For organizations that use Windows 10 tablets in Kiosk mode, organizations that Microsoft plans to remove EdgeHTML browser in April may feel uncomfortable, which is a configuration method to lock down commercial devices. Kiosk mode is used to convert Windows 10 based tablets into point-of-sale devices or inventory tracking devices.
Microsoft recommends that organizations that use the EdgeHTML browser with Kiosk mode upgrade to the Chromium-based Edge browser before the April 13 deadline.
Microsoft said in a statement: “In order to avoid service interruption and continue to use your kiosk plan, you will need to install a new Microsoft Edge and set the kiosk mode, and then release the April Windows 10 Update Tuesday version to On your device.” Edge team’s blog post on the subject.
The use of the kiosk mode brings more complexity, because the Chromium-based Edge browser version 89 will lack certain features that currently exist in the EdgeHTML browser. E.g, This Microsoft document Indicates that only when Chromium-based Edge version 90 or 91 is released, the “Restrict the function of launching other applications from the browser” in the “Kiosk Mode” is available.
Moreover, only in “early March” can Microsoft Intune be used to configure Kiosk-mode devices based on the Chromium-based Edge browser.
Microsoft’s Kiosk Mode blog post details many of these details. It also reiterated that qualified organizations can use FastTrack and App Assure support.
Kurt McGee He is a senior news producer of 1105 Media Converge360 Group.