Taking a page from Google’s book, Microsoft is speeding up the launch schedule for its Edge browser and will issue updates every four weeks instead of six weeks, the company announced on friday.
If reading that gave you dejà vu, that could be because Google ran a similar ad In the past week in which it said which is speeding up the Chrome release cycle, you guessed it, every four weeks instead of six weeks starting in the third quarter of 2021.
“As contributors to the Chromium project, we look forward to the new 4-week core release cycle cadence that Google announced to help deliver that innovation to our customers even faster,” Microsoft said at a blog post.
This way, Edge users will get faster access to new features and security patches from Microsoft. And from, from 2020, Edge has been rebuilt into Google’s open source browser project, Chromium, and matching its release schedule to Chrome’s makes it easy to sync the two browsers.
The new schedule will go into effect with Edge 94, which is currently scheduled to a september release. Also following Google’s lead, Microsoft offers its business customers the option of a longer and more manageable release cycle, which translates to a release every eight weeks along with biweekly security updates for “the most important fixes.” However, the four-week cycle will be the default, according to Microsoft.
What the edge notes, another popular web browser, Brave, which is also based on Chromium, is being adjusted to coincide with the new four-week schedule.
I say Microsoft has the right idea if that makes the online experience smoother. Collaborating with Google seems to work much better for Edge than trying to go head-to-head with Chrome for its predecessor, the beleaguered and often ridiculed Internet Explorer.