Microsoft will deploy a new version of Chromium-based Edge enterprise next week to reject automatic upgrades

The era of Internet Explorer and the classic Microsoft Edge is coming to an end, and next week (January 15) will be replaced by a new Edge based on Chromium. Microsoft will then push updates through the Windows Update channel, but users can configure themselves to decide whether to download the updates.

Microsoft will deploy a new version of Chromium-based Edge enterprise next week to reject automatic upgrades

In the newly released detailed document, Microsoft said it would not push the Chromium-based Edge browser to everyone, and that users would still have full control. Microsoft has emphasized that Windows 10 Home and Professional users will be able to offer a new version of Chromium-based Edge through Windows Update. In other words, Windows Update automatically downloads the new browser and replaces the classic version of Edge as the new default browser.

It is important to note that the new Microsoft Edge will be sent as a stand-alone update and will not be bundled into the january 2020 cumulative update. The browser will be released on January 15th and you will receive monthly cumulative updates on January 14th. This applies only to running Windows 10 November 2019 Update, Windows 10 November 2019 Update, May 2019 Update, October 2018 Update and April 2018 Update Equipment.

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 will deploy a new version of Chromium-based Edge enterprise next week to reject automatic upgrades

In the tweet:

There is a lot of speculation about the automatic update of the new Edge on the Windows 10 platform. 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.