Windows updates to support the next version of Microsoft Edge

This article describes how Windows will be updated to support the next version of Microsoft Edge.

Note

This article applies to the Microsoft Edge Stable channel.

Microsoft Edge and the Windows release cycle

The next version of Microsoft Edge features more frequent and more flexible updating capabilities. Because browser releases aren't bound to the Windows major releases, changes will be made to the operating system to ensure that the next version of Microsoft Edge fits seamlessly into Windows. As a result, feature updates will be released on a 6-week cycle (approximately.) Security and compatibility updates will be shipped as needed.

Updates and the user experience

Updates won’t change the user experience until the Stable channel of the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed. Installing Microsoft Edge Beta, Dev, or Canary won’t trigger any changes in Windows. These browser releases will be installed alongside existing browsers.

When all the updates are applied AND the Stable channel of the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed at the system-level, the following changes will take effect on the system:

  • All start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the next version of Microsoft Edge.

  • All taskbar pins and shortcuts for the current version of Microsoft Edge will migrate to the next version of Microsoft Edge.

  • The next version of Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar. If the current version of Microsoft Edge is already pinned, it will be replaced.

  • The next version of Microsoft Edge will add a shortcut to the desktop. If the current version of Microsoft Edge already has a shortcut, it will be replaced.

  • Most protocols that Microsoft Edge handles by default will be migrated to the next version of Microsoft Edge.

  • Current Microsoft Edge will be hidden from all UX surfaces in the OS, including settings, all apps, and any file or protocol support dialogs.

  • All attempts to launch the current version of Microsoft Edge will redirect to the next version of Microsoft Edge.

    Note

    User-level installs won’t trigger these behaviors.

Along with the previous changes, there are changes that will happen regardless of whether the Stable channel of the next version of Microsoft Edge is installed.

  • Microsoft Edge will de-register for the books and XML protocols that the next version of Microsoft Edge doesn't support. Users attempting to open these protocols will get a dialog that prompts them to choose a default app. Learn more about changes to books support at Download an ePub app to keep reading e-books.

Timeline

The changes needed to support the described experience will be delivered with three updates for different versions of Windows.

Windows version 1903

  • First set of changes in optional July 2019 update, delivered with the August 2019 security update.

  • Second set of changes in the optional August 2019 update, delivered with the September 2019 security update.

    Note

    This is the update where Microsoft Edge will de-register for the XML protocol.

  • Third set of changes in the optional September 2019 update, delivered with the October 2019 security update.

    Note

    This is the update where Microsoft Edge will no longer support eBooks.

Windows versions 1709, 1803, and 1809

  • First set of changes in an optional August 2019 update, delivered with the September 2019 security update.

  • Second set of changes in an optional September 2019 update, delivered with the October 2019 security update.

    Note

    This is the update where Microsoft Edge will de-register for the XML protocol.

  • Third set of changes in an optional October 2019 update, delivered with the November 2019 security update.

    Note

    This is the update where Microsoft Edge will no longer support eBooks.

The following table gives the details for specific updates in each set of changes.

Windows 10 Changes, set 1 Changes, set 2 Changes, set 3
Version 1709 Optional: KB4512494
Recommended: KB4516066
Optional: KB4516071
Recommended: KB4520004
Optional: KB4520006
Recommended: KB4525241
Version 1803 Optional: KB4512509
Recommended: KB4516058
Optional: KB4516045
Recommended: KB4520008
Optional: KB4519978
Recommended: KB4525237
Version 1809 Optional: KB4512534
Recommended: KB4512578
Optional: KB4516077
Recommended: KB4519338
Optional: KB4520062
Recommended: KB4523205
Version 1903 Optional: KB4505903
Recommended: KB4512508
Optional: KB4512941
Recommended: KB4515384
Optional: KB4517211
Recommended: KB4517389

See also