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BerndLeutenecker-4033 asked Reza-Ameri commented

Differences of Edge and Edge enterprise?

We are planning to switch our Win 10 enterprise-computers to upgrade from build 1890 to 20H2. A colleague has tried such an inplace-upgrade (using a special group in our WSUS, only there the 20H2-feature-update is availble) and now it seems that the Edge-Browser (Chromium-based) does show the same information as a manually installed 'enduser-'Edge (Chromium-based too) on another Win10 enterprise-computer. On the other hand it was said that MS does not support the 'regular' Edge-version on enterprise-installations, WSUS only offers several Edge-Channels (Stable, Dev. etc.), not a standalone-installation using its own update-function (without WSUS). So what are the differences between these Edge-versions, how does one check which version is installed? As right now users keep getting notifications that the should switch to the newer Edge we need to decide if we deploy a software-package of the 'regular' Enduser-Edge-version (Chromium-based) with our soft- and hardware-managment-tool. But this mustn't trigger new problems for our users when we start upgrading their computers to build 20H2 (e. g. hiding or removing the previously installed enduser-version of Edge and offering only the enterprise-editon, maybe with the risk of loss of information of our users like favourites etc.) Thank you! Regards Bernd Leutenecker

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Reza-Ameri answered

Support for Microsoft Edge (legacy) ended on March 9, 2021 , it depends on your strategy. You could just use WSUS and deploy the new Microsoft Edge and it will import data from the Legacy Microsoft Edge and users could quickly continue using the new Microsoft Edge. The other option would be upgrade to 20H2 and then deploy the Microsoft Edge.
Deployment using WSUS is the recommended and easier one but you could also manually download the Microsoft Edge package and deploy it the way you are deploying other applications and you may get it from:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download
In term of features and functionalities they are the same but if you use older version, it won't support new features and bug fixes. However, in term of supporting Group Policy and other enterprise features both WSUS and the Standalone package (considering the same version) are the same.

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BerndLeutenecker-4033 answered Reza-Ameri commented

Thank you!

But what I meant are not differences between legacy Edge and Chromium-Edge. Instead I am wondering if there are any differences between Edge enterprise and the usual Edge (both Chromium-based) for end-users.
After upgrading from build 1809 to build 20H2 I cannot tell which is installed now or if this might be a problem when we first deploy the end-user-version of Edge and later upgrade our computers to build 20H2 which might install Edge-enterprise.
So far the only difference known to me are the availabilty of updates: Enterprise-Edge will get these from our WSUS, 'enduser-Edge' will update itself probably with each start.

Thanks again!

Regards

Bernd Leutenecker

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They are exactly the same (consider they are the same build number) and only difference is with the method of deployment but from end user point of view they would see the same thing and they would have the same experience.

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YuZhou-MSFT answered

Hi @BerndLeutenecker-4033

They're exactly the same except for how you can deploy them. If you download Edge for business, you can control the version better and deploy it with the offline installer.

You can also refer to this thread.


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