MICROSOFT EDGE to receive independent updates from WINDOWS 10

MICROSOFT EDGE to receive independent updates from WINDOWS 10Online report indicates that Microsoft Edge will begin to receive feature updates through the Windows Store this autumn in a move to save the browser from shrinking share prices.

On Monday, Rich Woods of Neowin, cited a source at Microsoft as saying “Users will finally be able to get updates to the Edge browser via the Windows Store, which will allow Microsoft to add new features more frequently,”

Like Internet Explorer before it, Edge has been receiving monthly security updates to patch vulnerabilities.  There have been 4 full versions of Edge since its launch in July 2015, and each one has corresponded to when the operating system itself was upgraded.  The most recent iteration is April 2017’s version 15.  Woods went on to say that the change is expected to come about this September, which coincides with the next Windows 10 feature upgrade.

It’s not yet clear if the browser will continue to be bundled with Windows 10 feature upgrades or the Windows Store (the only legitimate store that offers “Universal Windows Platform updates) will be the sole source of Edge updates.

Businesses using Windows 10 Enterprise can lock their users out of the Windows Store to restrict what runs on company PCs, which may pose a problem if Edge updates are only available from the Windows Store.  Firms looking for a more stable environment and are willing to consider Edge may balk at the frequent Edge feature updates.

While making Edge updates available from the Windows store might play to the consumers who cherish change, and the same number of refresh opportunities as Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, the as frequent as every six weeks updates may well be precisely what corporations would like to avoid.  This could be easily solved by making the updates optional and sticking to the previously pledged twice-annual Windows 10 & Edge updates for businesses.

After almost two years, Microsoft has failed to convince customers to widely adopt their new primary browser, even after Internet Explorer was downgraded to receiving no new features and only security updates.  Despite promoting Edge as a legitimate rival to their established competitors, Edge has not yet won over a majority of Windows 10 Users.  In fact, Edge’s share has been on the decline since its initial debut.  According to analytics vendor Net Applications a scarce 1 in 5 Windows 10 users was using the browser, as shares fell to a record low of 21%.

While most Enterprises have yet to launch migrations over to Windows 10, there’s little motivation to IT administrators to inflict yet another change on employees by also switching them over from chrome to Edge.

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