Microsoft Clarifies How It Will Update Edge With The Windows Store

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 25 Comments

Living on the (Microsoft) Edge

When Microsoft released Edge, they stated that it was a universal app and that it could be serviced through the Windows store. Up until now, the company has not used this mechanism to update the browser and has instead opted to update it via Windows update.

With each major release of Windows 10, the company has added new features to the browser like extensions but these releases are, at best, occurring twice a year and more recently, only once per year. The problem is that browsers like Chrome and Firefox are updated frequently but Edge has been stuck, with only a couple of small exceptions, to major Windows releases to get new features.

At a session at Ignite lead by Fred Pullen, responsible for marketing Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer to commercial customers, he clarified how Edge will be updated in the near future.

At about the 13-minute mark, Pullen states that Edge app, which includes navigation controls, reading view and other similar features will eventually get updated through the store but the engine of Edge will always be updated with Windows Update. The reason for the engine being updated through Windows Update is because that feature powers other universal apps and will require additionally testing to make sure the changes do not impact other parts of the operating system.

What this means is that, when Microsoft does finally enable the ability to update via the Windows Store, it allows the company to deliver features to the browser at a much faster cadence. This should help Edge iterate faster and be able to maintain an update cadence that is similar to Chrome and Firefox for end-user features.

Of course, the question remains about when this functionality will be enabled. Pullen does not give a date but makes it clear that the Edge team is working towards this goal and with the next Windows 10 update targeted for next spring, that’s the best guess at when this functionality will be delivered. Considering that Edge has only 5% of the market, according to Net Applications, while Windows 10 has over 20% of the desktop market, Microsoft needs to iterate faster with its new browser to keep users from switching to Chrome (or other browsers).

Thanks for the tip Win10fan

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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 3 months ago

    I hate the "about:flags" thing needed in the address bar to get to features.  Just put it in the options under advanced.  I hate it in Chrome too.  Is this OS not a GUI?  (/soapbox)

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Narg:

      Satay Nutella wants you to code.

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      maethorechannen Alpha Member #377 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Narg:

      Could be worse. You could have to fire up PowerShell and do something like Set-EdgeOptionX 

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      cseafous Alpha Member #610 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Narg:

      I hate that the enable loopback option doesn't seem to work.

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    ChristopherCollins Alpha Member #2122 - 3 months ago

    They missed the boat with Edge.  Should have stayed with IE until Edge was really ready and then launched it.  Whoever came up with the idea that we can launch something new that isn't feature complete with other browsers was insane.  You can only make one first impression.

    It would almost be smarter to relaunch/rebrand Edge as something else when they get this sorted out.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 3 months ago
      In reply to ChristopherCollins:

      Did anybody ever see the day when an advertiser could make more reliable software than a software company?

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      hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 3 months ago

      In reply to Waethorn:

      Only those familiar with the early history of Firefox.

      MSFT makes browsers to help sell Windows and MSFT's server-side products. Sometimes that conflicts with giving users what users want.

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    mmcpher Alpha Member #245 - 3 months ago

    It's Microsoft so everyone's always going to be howling when the updates don't come fast and flawlessly.  Yet the rival browsers run down faster than Buster Keaton in "Seven Chances".  While I'm awaiting for Edge on my work desktops I have to bounce from IE, to Chrome and Firefox, none of which can keep ahead of the chaff.  Edge on my Windows 10 Fast Ring desktops and laptops is my preference by a wide margin.  It just is such a slo train comin, though, and it only works on W10M if you keep the font at its miniture default.  

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    mortarm - 3 months ago

    I use Edge foe one reason, the Reader.  If that wasn't there, I'd be using Chrome with a reader extension.

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    hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 3 months ago

    Keep the 1 out of 4 Windows 10 users from switching to other browsers? Other than IE, that is, since enterprises running older browser-based systems on their intranets have to use IE rather than Edge.

    Very cynical: is 1/4 of Windows 10 users about the proportion of Windows 10 users who don't actually realize they're using Windows 10 and would be either too scared or too indifferent to changing defaults or installing alternatives that they just use Edge because it's the default?

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    Delmont Alpha Member #167 - 3 months ago

    Yes, they need to update Edge much much faster. It is sitll very buggy. On multiple computers, Edge will, when started will start with previous tabs.   I don't have this set to do this. It's very very aggrevating!

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      plettza Alpha Member #1558 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Delmont:

      Recently, I found Edge failed to respond to mouse clicks once started. I need to exit Edge and relaunch it. This happens on a couple of devices I have.

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    Bart Alpha Member #117 - 3 months ago

    Ah, the promise of UWP apps delivered! After all, what is a year-and-a-half late between friends!?

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    Nischi Alpha Member #116 - 3 months ago

    Why would they build the engine in to the OS from the start... Seems backwards to me. It's seems to be out of the question to move it out from the OS as well. Would like to know what  reason they have for building it into this less modular software. 

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      evox81 Alpha Member #1939 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Nischi:

      I can see the need for the engine to be separate from the app itself. Since the engine can be integrated in to other apps, it makes sense not to need to call on the full app, with all of its superfluous components, when all you need is the rendering engine.

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    tbsteph Alpha Member #206 - 3 months ago

    Fast cadence and Microsoft are mutually exclusive :).