Browser updates are important. Updates for Microsoft Edge provide critical security fixes, new features, and performance improvements. The Edge browser updates automatically, but you can check for and install updates manually.
There are two versions of Microsoft Edge: the original that came with Windows 10 and the new Microsoft Edge based on open source Chromium code. How you update your Edge browser depends on which one you have.
How to upgrade to the new Edge browser
If you haven’t updated your Windows 10 PC to the new Microsoft Edge yet, you can download it from the Microsoft website. Install it on your PC and it will replace the old Edge browser. If you want to recover the old Edge browser, you can uninstall the new Edge as you would any other application.
Microsoft will eventually install the new Edge web browser on all Windows 10 PCs via Windows Update. However, as of May 12, 2020, this had not yet happened. If you’re ready to wait, hold on: you will automatically get the latest version of Edge on all your Windows 10 PCs.
The new edge is also available for Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android.
How to update the new Edge browser
New Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium updates just like Google Chrome. It automatically downloads and installs updates.
To manually check for an update in Edge, click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the Edge browser window. It looks like three horizontal dots.
Point to “Help and Comments” and click “About Microsoft Edge”.
Edge will check for available updates and automatically install all available updates. Edge will also show you the version of browser you have installed on this page.
The About page prompts you to restart the Edge browser if you have not restarted since installing the latest version.
You can also access this page by copying and pasting edge: // settings / help in the Edge address bar and pressing Enter.
How to update the original Edge browser
The original version of Microsoft Edge included with Windows 10 updates via Windows Update.
To find an installation of Edge Updates, go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update. Windows will check for updates and offer to install them. Updates for the Edge browser are included in the normal cumulative update packages for the Windows 10 operating system.
On Windows 10, Windows Update automatically installs updates so that Edge Browser security updates and bug fixes are installed automatically.
How to Update Edge to Unstable Insider Versions
If you want unstable versions of Edge with new features, you can download them from the official Microsoft Edge Insider website.
Microsoft offers a beta channel that receives a major update every six weeks, a Dev channel that is updated weekly, and a Canary channel that is updated almost every night. The versions go from Canary to Dev in Beta and finally reach the Stable channel when they are stable.
Most people should not install these unstable versions, but they are particularly useful for web developers who want to test the latest versions of the browser before their release. Fans may also want to experiment with new features and help Microsoft find bugs, just as they do with Windows 10 Insider Program.
Edge uses the same publishing channel structure as Google Chrome, which ensures that new browser versions are tested for many bugs before they are released.
You can even install all four versions of Edge at the same time on your computer: Stable, Beta, Dev and Canary. Each one gets its own shortcut in your Start menu and each one is updated separately. Click on the menu> Help and Comments> About Microsoft Edge in one of them to check for updates from this browser.
The new benefit is a great update for everyone
Historically, major new Edge features have been included in major Windows 10 updates. Microsoft typically releases them once every six months.
However, with the move to the new Edge based on Google Chrome, new Edge features will arrive instead every six weeks. This is how often Google updates Chrome, as well. Great updates like Windows 10 May 10 Update no longer includes new features for the old version of Edge.
The new Edge offers a world-class browsing experience based on the open source Chromium code. Google uses this Chromium code as the basis for Google Chrome, so the new Edge and Chrome have a lot in common. Experienced Chrome users will be at home to browse the web with Edge.
Edge still has certain features not found in Google Chrome, such as tracking prevention and InPrivate browsing for private online browsing.
Microsoft has come a long way from Internet Explorer. Even if you plan to stay with Google Chrome, many improvements Microsoft has made to the new Edge will be reintegrated into the Chromium platform and will make their way to Chrome. In other words, Microsoft to improve Chrome. It goes both ways, of course. The improvements Google is making to Chrome will also improve Microsoft Edge. The cooperation between Microsoft and Google is good news for everyone, whether you stick to the included Windows 10 web browser or download Google Chrome.