Microsoft Edge Lifecycle Policy

This article describes the lifecycle policy that applies to Microsoft Edge.

Note

This article applies to Microsoft Edge versions 77 and higher.

Note

Starting with Stable channel version 94, Microsoft Edge is moving to a 4-week major release cycle cadence. However, we recognize that enterprise customers who manage complex environments need more time to plan and test Microsoft Edge updates. To help our enterprise customers who need an extended timeline to manage updates, Microsoft Edge will offer an Extended Stable option aligned to a longer, 8-week major release cycle; this option will only be available for customers with managed environments. Refer to our announcement blog post

Overview of the lifecycle policy for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge features more frequent and more flexible updating capabilities. Because browser releases aren't bound to the Windows major releases, it's necessary to have the governing lifecycle policy updated to reflect this decoupling. Going forward, Microsoft Edge will follow the Modern Lifecycle Policy. Security updates and servicing updates are only available on the latest Stable channel release and the latest Beta channel release. If you use older releases of Microsoft Edge, it's likely that you'll miss the latest quality and security updates. Using older versions isn't recommended. Assisted Support is available as described in the following sections.

Service and assisted support timeline for Microsoft Edge versions 77-93

Microsoft Edge has a 6-week major release cycle cadence for Stable channel version 77 and continuing until version 93. We provide Assisted Support for the most recent three Stable channel releases and the latest Beta channel release. The effective assisted support duration for a Stable channel release is approximately 18 weeks. The effective support duration for a Beta channel release is ~6 weeks; previous Beta channel releases aren't supported. The following table summarizes the service and support timeline.

Release option Major version release supported Major version release serviced Support coverage across releases Servicing coverage
Daily “Canary” None None None None
Weekly “Dev” None None None None
6-week “Beta” Current Current 6 weeks 6 weeks
6-week “Stable” Current and 2 previous Current 18 weeks 6 weeks

Service and assisted support timeline changes for Microsoft Edge version 94

Starting with Stable channel version 94, Microsoft Edge is moving to a 4-week major release cycle cadence. We'll continue to provide Assisted Support for the most recent three Stable channel releases and the latest Beta channel release. The effective assisted support duration for a Stable channel release will be approximately 12 weeks.

We recognize that enterprise customers who manage complex environments need more time to plan and test Microsoft Edge updates. To help our enterprise customers who need an extended timeline to manage updates, Microsoft Edge will offer an Extended Stable option aligned to a longer, 8-week major release cycle. Assisted Support will be available for the most recent two Extended Stable channel releases. The effective assisted support duration for an Extended Stable channel release will be approximately 16 weeks. Refer to the table below.

Release option Major version release supported Major version release serviced Support coverage across releases Servicing coverage
Daily “Canary” None None None None
Weekly “Dev” None None None None
4-week “Beta” Current Current 4 weeks 4 weeks
4-week “Stable” Current and 2 previous Current 12 weeks 4 weeks
8-week “Extended Stable” Current and 1 previous Current 16 weeks 8 weeks

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