The Chromium-based form of Microsoft Edge officially launched earlier this year on Windows and macOS like a manual download, and today the application is offered to Windows users via Windows Update too.
Like Google Chrome, Edge browser is maintained included in several channels and updated accordingly:
Microsoft Edge Canary – Updates every single day Microsoft Edge Dev – Updates every week Microsoft Edge Beta – Updates every six weeks Microsoft Edge Stable – Updates every six weeks
Even though this schedule pretty much makes sense, Microsoft decided to provide a bit more clarity into how it wants to update Microsoft Edge browser, something that will come in handy to enterprises that need additional time to organize for each release.
The company says this is something which eases deployment in large organizations, and likewise to a release schedule, it’s also sharing an item roadmap with more info on the enterprise features coming to the browser.
“Since releasing the new Microsoft Edge, we’ve heard feedback that customers, especially in enterprise environments, need more visibility into our feature roadmap and release schedule to allow them to plan deployments and prepare for upcoming changes,” Microsoft says.
With Microsoft Edge version 84 already available for download, the next major release is Edge 85, that is scheduled to go live in the beta channel in a few days. When it comes to release in the stable channel, it’s likely to land in a week ago of August, as Microsoft explains in the release schedule embedded below:
Version Release status Beta Channel Release week Stable Channel Release week
Version 02-20-2020 81.0.416.12 04-13-2020 81.0.416.53
82 Released Cancelled Cancelled
Version 04-22-2020 83.0.478.13 05-21-2020 83.0.478.37
Version 06-02-2020 84.0.522.11 07-16-2020 84.0.522.40
85 Target release Week of 07-27-2020 Week of 08-27-2020
86 Target release Week of 09-07-2020 Week of 10-08-2020
87 Target release Week of 10-19-2020 Week of 11-19-2020
88 Target release Week of 12-07-2020 Week of 01-21-2021
89 Target release Week of 02-01-2021 Week of 03-04-2021
Microsoft says that beta and stable updates are linked with Chromium releases, so the company has aligned its schedule accordingly. One particular example is Microsoft Edge version 82, that has been canceled completed when the Chromium team decided to skip one release completely due to the global health crisis whe most developers were working from home.
In terms of what’s visiting enterprises in the coming browser updates, Edge 85 is bringing important improvements in connection with this in the coming versions targeted at the stable channel (all of them on Windows, of course).
For example, Edge 85 includes Group Policy support for trusting site and application combos to launch without a confirmation prompt but also ship having a policy to permit admins to select which file types are exempted from file-type security warnings. Edge 85 will also incorporate a preview form of Enterprise Site List Manager for Ie Mode.
The migration to Chromium allowed Microsoft to create Edge a cross-platform offering, so in addition to Windows 10, the browser can also be on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and macOS. The software giant is also working on a Linux version of the browser, and while no ETA continues to be shared at this time, a preview build is anticipated by the end of the entire year.