Microsoft released a new version of its Chromium-based web browser Microsoft Edge on July 16, 2020. Microsoft Edge 84 Stable is a major new update that introduces new functionality and improvements in the web browser.
The browser is rolled out over time to all devices; administrators may run a manual check for updates with a click on Menu > Help and Feedback > About Microsoft Edge to download and install the new version directly. Check out our tip on updating Edge manually if the update is not offered at the time.
The new version of the browser patches several security issues, most affecting all Chromium-based web browsers but also one that affects Microsoft Edge specifically.
Windows users who run Edge with elevated privileges may notice that signing in to the browser is now supported; this was not the case previously and helps "customers running Microsoft Edge on Windows server or in remote-desktop and sandbox scenarios".
Microsoft Edge 84 disables the protocols TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 by default. It is still possible to reactive the protocols but recommended only if sites that need to be accessed rely on these protocols, but only through the use of policies. The policy is described on this Docs page.
Edge users may enable the policy Show Legacy TLS warnings which makes Edge display non-blocking Not Secure warnings in the browser when loading pages that require the deprecated protocols.
Load edge://flags/#show-legacy-tls-warnings and set the policy to Enabled to activate the functionality.
The Collections feature in Edge has improved in the new version as well. It is now possible to add notes to items in a collection. To use the new feature, right-click on an item in a collection and select the "add note" option.
It is furthermore possible to change the background color of notes, and users may notice performance improvements when exporting collections to Excel.
Microsoft introduces several new Enterprise policies in Edge 84, and has deprecated three policies:
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