Support Ends for Microsoft Edge Legacy

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 13 Comments

Microsoft announced today that support for Microsoft Edge Legacy is over and that the product will no longer receive future security updates.

“Our new modern browser, Microsoft Edge, debuted over a year ago and today can be found on hundreds of millions of devices,” the Microsoft Edge team wrote in the announcement post. “Last August, we announced that Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support would end on March 9, 2021 as part of this transition to the new Microsoft Edge. Today, Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support officially ends, and it will no longer receive future security updates.”

Microsoft previously announced that it will be replacing Legacy Edge with the new Edge on Windows 10 when the April cumulative updates arrive on Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of the month).

Microsoft is also offering FastTrack help to those organizations that need help transitioning to the new Edge. This help is free to those with eligible Microsoft 365 accounts.

Join the discussion!


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Comments (13)

13 responses to “Support Ends for Microsoft Edge Legacy”

  1. hal9000

    And IE 11 is still around... I will get so drunk that day it will no longer be required in my job.

  2. ebraiter

    Shouldn't make much difference shortly as [I think] the April Windows updates are suppose to replace Legacy Edge [Ledge?] with Chredge as long as the OS came with Legacy Edge.

  3. navarac

    Good riddance - never used it. Credge (Chromium Edge) is far, far better.

  4. hrlngrv

    Never used old Edge. FWIW, under Linux I was able to replace Chromium with Edge for Linux to run Chrome apps, the ones which can run offline. I use Firefox for most everything else.

  5. webdev511

    Long Live the Spartan! (rendering engine) it was good in concept, but as MSFT quickly realized, it took a lot of work to create & maintain, and even then couldn't get developers to target it.

    Since then they've made some excellent contributions to the Chromium project that Google just never got around to themselves.

  6. crunchyfrog

    "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

  7. sevenacids

    Now the question is: Why does Internet Explorer remain in Windows? Sure, they can't get rid of the engine MSHTML because too much software still depends on it. But the same is true for EdgeHTML. So why is the IE application still around? I know, you can uninstall it via Programs and Features. But it's optional, and - by the way - there is no option to remove the new Edge.

  8. forcerecon1968

    The new EDGE needs to be fixed and not allowed to run multiple instances, that eat you memory up.

  9. sevenacids

    In reply to blue77star:

    I know how to uninstall it the unofficial way. I criticized that there is neither an official way, nor something like a Group Policy to block it.