Support for the old version of Microsoft Edge will end on March 9, 2021, which means no more security updates for the unpopular successor to Internet Explorer. To keep Windows users safe, Microsoft will uninstall the unsupported version of Edge on April 13, 2021 and replace it with the Chromium-based one.
The replacement will be part of the Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update (also referred to as the Update Tuesday release). “When you apply this update to your devices, the out of support Edge Legacy desktop application will be removed, and the new Edge will be installed,” explains Microsoft on its website.
Windows users who have already installed the Chromium version won’t notice any difference because the latest Edge installer automatically removes the legacy version at the end of the installation process.
“The new Edge offers built-in security and our best interoperability with the Microsoft security ecosystem, all while being more secure than Chrome for businesses on Windows 10,” the company adds.
Users who would like to run Edge Legacy and the new Edge as a side-by-side experience can skip the update, but Microsoft advises against it, stating that Windows cumulative monthly security updates provide important updates to the Windows 10 operating system.
The Chromium-based version of Edge was released on January 15, 2020. Since then, the combined market share of the legacy and new versions grew to nearly 8 percent, earning Microsoft the second-biggest chunk of the web browser pie, after Google Chrome (nearly 70 percent).
One of the biggest advantages of the Chromium-based version of Edge is its support for Google Chrome extensions alongside Edge-specific extensions hosted by Microsoft. After enabling the “Allow extensions from other stores” switch in Settings, users can go to the Chrome Web Store and download any extension they want.
World’s Largest Metaverse Developer Opens Dubai Office
LandVault, the largest metaverse creator, is expanding its presence into the MENA region.
LandVault, the world’s largest metaverse developer, will expand operations to Dubai later this month as part of an ongoing strategy to boost its presence in the MENA region. The company aims to help local businesses gain a foothold in the expanding web 3.0 universe and sees exciting opportunities to bolster its client portfolio.
So far, metaverse developer LandVault has lived up to its name, creating and curating over 100 square feet of virtual space for a diverse range of organizations, including the nearby Yas Marina Circuit, Aldar, Mastercard, Standard Chartered, World of Women, Hershey’s, and many more.
The Dubai government’s Metaverse Strategy is one of the key reasons LandVault has been inspired to move to the region, as leaders plan to transform the Emirate into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies by 2030. Eventually, it’s hoped that in excess of 1,000 companies in the blockchain and web 3.0 spaces will be inspired to set up entities in the region, creating around 40,000 new jobs in the process.
“We are excited to open our office in Dubai and to be a part of the vibrant tech community in the UAE. The MENA region is a key market for us, and we believe that our presence in Dubai will allow us to assist the region and explore new opportunities. We are also excited about the potential for the metaverse in the real estate industry in the UAE. We look forward to working with developers and real estate companies to showcase their properties in a new and innovative way,” says Sam Huber, CEO of LandVault.
Alongside developing the metaverse from its new Dubai office, LandVault will also deploy its technology to assist the UAE’s real estate sector. Developers will soon be able to showcase their projects in a way that was never previously possible, reaching a much wider audience with immersive and interactive property tours and even virtual showrooms.