Microsoft said Wednesday that while it will begin rolling out its new, Chromium-based Edge browser today, the process will take several months to complete for the PC market as a whole.

Microsoft said in a blog post on Wednesday that the new Edge browser would be pushed to PCs as part of a “measured rollout” that will take months to complete. In fact, if you’re on the stable version of Windows, you’ll be somewhere in the middle of the line.

Microsoft will first roll out the new Edge via a subset of Windows Insiders on the Release Preview ring. It will be “offered to additional devices as data and feedback indicate that users are having a good experience,” Microsoft said. (Here’s our review of the new Microsoft Edge browser.)

If you don’t want to wait, however, you can download the new Edge right now at Microsoft.com/Edge, the company added. The stable version of the new Edge is listed as Edge 79.

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The “informational” layout of the new Microsoft Edge’s new tab page.

Microsoft began signalling the transition to the new Edge last year. It’s based on Google’s Chromium open-source browser engine, not EdgeHTML. That basically means that it will be Edge on top of a Google Chrome-like base.

What Microsoft calls the “new Edge” will visually distinguish itself from the old, existing Microsoft Edge with a new logo. (It’s part of the index image at the top of this post.) Microsoft is also renaming the old version Microsoft Edge Legacy. Otherwise, Microsoft said Wednesday that it’s trying to make the transition process from one browser to the next as seamless as possible, with favorites, passwords, and basic settings carrying over from one browser to the other.

If you’re a consumer, you won’t be able to block the update from happening. Businesses will be given the option of whether to proceed. Enterprise and education users will not be automatically upgraded either.

If you don’t use Microsoft Edge, Microsoft specifically would like you to know that it won’t migrate your browser preference to Edge. Otherwise, the company said, you’ll receive new versions of Edge on about a six-week cadence.



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