Classic Edge is Now Officially Called ‘Edge Legacy’

Microsoft officially renames the classic EdgeHTML browser to Edge Legacy. The Edge name now exclusively belongs to the Edge Chromium browser.


There is a new support document that clarifies the name change.

  • Microsoft Edge Legacy  is the EdgeHTML based browser that is currently the default browser on Windows 10 PCs. The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, and was released in January 2020. It's available on Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS. Downloading the new Microsoft Edge will replace the legacy version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs.
  • The new Microsoft Edge  is here. We've got a new look and a brand-new browser. The new Microsoft Edge provides world-class performance with more privacy, more productivity, and more value.

Eventually, Microsoft Edge Chromium will replace EdgeHTML in the default app set in Windows 10, so Microsoft want its users to get used to that name now.

Edge 79 Stable Wallpaper

Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium-based browser with a number of exclusive features like Read Aloud and services tied to Microsoft instead of Google.

The stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium is available to the public for a while. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium and Edge Chromium latest roadmap. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.

Actual Edge versions

The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Classic Edge is Now Officially Called ‘Edge Legacy’”

  1. What a joke. Nobody cared enough about this browser and it died long before it could become “classic” or have any “legacy”.

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