Recently, in a support document, Microsoft announced that it will be pushing the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser to older Windows products, including Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. This is odd to see since Microsoft announced that it will end support completely for Windows 7, even if it has major bugs.
The company writes:
Microsoft has released a new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge. This new version provides the best in class compatibility with extensions and websites. Additionally, this new version provides great support for the latest rendering capabilities, modern web applications, and powerful developer tools across all supported OS platforms.
This update will not replace the Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and 8.1; rather, it will replace the legacy Edge browser.
Devices running on Windows 7 SP1 or later versions and Windows 8.1 or later versions, including the Home, Professional, Ultimate, Starter, and Core editions are eligible to get the new browser. However, devices that run editions on Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain are excluded from the list.
The new browser will be a part of an automatic update dubbed KB4567409. To install the rollout, Windows 7 devices must have the SHA-2 update (KB4474419) that is dated September 23, 2019, or later and servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628) that is dated March 12, 2019, or later installed as prerequisites. Refer to this page if you want to install the SHA-2 and SSU updates.
For devices running Windows 8.1, there are no prerequisites to install the update. According to the company, the browser works on Windows (10, 8.1, 8, 7), Android, iOS, and macOS. Support for Linux hasn’t arrived yet.