Google recently announced plans to release major updates for Chrome every four weeks, going away from the web browser’s current 6 weeks timeline. Now Google’s competitor Microsoft has announced that it will also push updates for its Microsoft Edge browser every four weeks.
Microsoft has said that the change in the updates cycle will come into effect starting with Edge 94, scheduled to be released in September this year. Google, on the other hand, said that it will start the new cycle starting with Chrome 94, which is scheduled to release in Q3 2021. In a blog post, Microsoft said that it will offer an extended timeline to manage updates for its enterprise customers who need an extended timeline to manage updates. Microsoft Edge will offer an Extended Stable option with a longer, 8-week major release cycle; this option will only be available for customers with managed environments, Microsoft said.
Enterprise customers who don’t opt for the 8-week extended cycle will be automatically switched to the new 4-week cycle. Those who opt for the 8-week will get the same new features and security from the 4-week cycle, just at a slower pace.
According to Microsoft’s current roadmap for the Edge browser, the next big update is scheduled for March 15, followed by another update on April 27, which is six weeks later.