In June this year, Microsoft rolled out its Chromium-based Edge browser via Windows 10 May 2020 update to all users running version 1803 and above.
In recent months, the company has been continuously trying to improve the browser to make it more popular with its users.
While the new Chromium-based Edge is an excellent browser with nearly all features of Google Chrome, not all Windows 10 users wish to use it.
For those who tried to remove the updated Chromium-based Edge browser from their device found that they couldn’t. Apparently, Windows 10 users won’t find the option to uninstall the new Microsoft Edge installed via Windows System update once they migrate to the new version. Neither will they be able to revert to the old, HTML version of the browser.
Making the announcement in a new support page titled “Can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge”, the tech giant states that “Beginning with general availability of the new Microsoft Edge in January, Microsoft had started migrating Windows customers from the legacy version of Microsoft Edge to the new version in a phased rollout. We want to ensure all Windows customers have the latest Microsoft Edge browser for the performance, privacy, security, productivity, and support features it offers.”
Justifying why Windows 10 users can’t uninstall the Chromium-based Edge browser, the company writes, “The new version of Microsoft Edge is included in a Windows system update, so the option to uninstall it or use the legacy version of Microsoft Edge will no longer be available.”
It also points out that the new version of Microsoft Edge gives users full control over importing their personal data from the old Edge version.
To use this option, launch new Edge > Settings > Profiles > Import browser data, and select “Microsoft Edge Legacy”.
With no option to uninstall the new Microsoft Edge browser, Windows 10 users who would like to use Chrome, Firefox, or any other web browser need to ensure that Edge isn’t set as the default browser.