Microsoft Edge is speeding up its release cycle to four weeks instead of six weeks.
The release team broke down the news on the Microsoft Edge Blog, confirming that the browser would take Google’s lead in rolling out a new version every four weeks instead of six weeks. This will result in faster rollouts for new features as well as security patches. It will also mean Edge is now more in line with Chrome, as it’s based on the Chromium infrastructure.
“To help our enterprise customers who need an extended timeline to manage updates, Microsoft Edge will offer an Extended Stable option aligned to a longer, 8-week major release cycle; this option will only be available for customers with managed environments,” Microsoft wrote.
Of course, there are still some issues when it comes to pushing out releases too quickly, even if only a couple weeks have been shaved off. While most customers will be added to the four-week cycle, Edge will also have a special version that will update every eight weeks with new features. For that version, updates will roll out every two weeks instead. It’s known as the Extended Stable option, and it will offer the same slate of updates, simply broken down for a less rapid pace.
Microsoft Edge has received a slew of updates over the year thus far. Recently, Microsoft unveiled a password monitor feature as well as a special kids’ mode aimed at children aged 5-12. It’s more than apparent that Microsoft wants to enhance Edge with as many new options and features as it can. This new release cycle will ensure customers are able to access them on a more regular basis.