Microsoft launches Blocker Toolkit tool: Make it clear that enterprise devices don’t automatically upgrade new Edge

In December, Microsoft announced that it would launch a new Chromeum-based Edge browser for most Windows 10 users. In the future, Microsoft will release updates for Windows 10 April Update (Version 1803) and later users to replace the classic Edge browser.

To avoid possible compatibility issues, Microsoft today introduced Blocker Toolkit for enterprise users so that IT administrators can control their deployment. Sean Lyndersay, from the Edge team, now reveals that most business administrators don’t need to worry about PC issues caused by the replacement of the web rendering engine in the coming weeks.

Microsoft launches Blocker Toolkit tool: Make it clear that enterprise devices don't automatically upgrade new Edge

“There is a lot of speculation about the automatic update of the new Edge on the Windows 10 platform,” the tweet read. We have updated the detailed documentation to make it clear that we will not proactively send updates to commercial/enterprise devices. Businesses still have complete control over when their devices are up and down. For more information, please visit: https://t.co/phrYWVgxQE

Microsoft says:

The latest Blocker Toolkit is available for running Home or Pro Version Windows 10 Version 1803 and later and will prevent enterprise devices from automatically upgrading to the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. Related Windows versions and feature updates will be excluded from automatic updates.

Devices running Windows 10 Home or Pro can now join the Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain names, which can be managed through MDM, WSUS, or WUfB, or excluded from automatic updates.

Simply put, non-Enterprise Windows users will automatically upgrade the new Edge browser, and if you’re running Windows 10 Pro or Home on your corporate network, you’ll need to install Blocker Toolkit.