The legacy version of the Microsoft Edge, which is set to be discontinued in March, will be removed from Windows 10 with the release of Patch Tuesday updates in April.
As we reported recently, Windows 10 currently comes with three different web browsers – Legacy Edge (hidden), Chromium Edge (default), and Internet Explorer (enabled). In an attempt to reduce clutter and improve security, Microsoft is removing the older browsers from the OS.
I mean, on the one hand it seems like this is a reasonably move – there’s a new version of Edge, so an update will remove the old one. On the other hand, though, these are really two entirely different applications that happen to share a name, and it seems grotesque and user-hostile to just remove an entire application without even giving users the option to keep it.
Sure, this concerns an outdated browser nobody uses, and that makes it easy to handwave this away, but what if this happens to an application you actually like and use?
This is not the bad old days of Microsoft pretending that you cannot use a browser from somebody else. This is them managing the definition of the operating system and what applications come with it. I really miss the old calculator. I am pretty sure they have taken away the old task manager. The are going to retire the old control panel at some point. Is this any different? Those applications are not as big but really they are just bundled utilities in the same sense. I mean they bundled Program Manager forever for people that could not live without it when they moved to Explorer. Even Explorer is not what it used to be though. I want all the wonky stuff they pushed with Windows 98!