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Experience the web in a whole new way by switching to the Microsoft Edge browser from Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge Legacy.

Move to Microsoft Edge

Move to Microsoft Edge today for speed and security. Check to see if you have Microsoft Edge on your device by looking for the icon on your taskbar or searching for it in your applications list. If you don't have it on your device, go to Download and Install Microsoft Edge.

To get up and running quickly and seamlessly with Microsoft Edge, import your browser data from Internet Explorer or from Microsoft Edge Legacy. For more information about importing your browser data, see Import favorites in Microsoft Edge or watch the video Microsoft Edge Import Browser Data Tutorial.

Why update to Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft Edge is Chromium based and is a faster, more secure, and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge Legacy. For more information, see Microsoft Edge features for work.

Additionally, Microsoft Edge will soon be the only Microsoft browser that supports Microsoft 365 web apps and services. Support for Microsoft Edge Legacy ended on March 9. 2021. If you attempt to access Microsoft Web apps and services from Internet Explorer after August 17, 2021, you may experience degraded performance or be unable to connect at all.

Faster performance 

Microsoft Edge uses Chromium to provide world-class compatibility and performance online. Microsoft Edge is also the best-performing browser on Windows 10 with Startup boost and Sleeping tabs. 

Startup boost launches Microsoft Edge more quickly by running a set of core Microsoft Edge processes in the background, all without adding additional resources when Microsoft Edge browser windows are open. 

Sleeping tabs gives Microsoft Edge a performance boost when using multiple browser tabs simultaneously. It helps optimize the performance of your Microsoft Edge browser by freeing up system resources from unused tabs for the tabs you are actively using. 

Better security

Microsoft Edge is more secure than Google Chrome for businesses on Windows 10. For more information, see Microsoft Edge security for business

Microsoft Edge includes Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps identify suspicious sites that may present phishing or malware attacks. SmartScreen also checks your downloads to help you recognize possible risks. For more information about security in Microsoft Edge, see How can SmartScreen help protect me in Microsoft Edge?

Increased privacy

Tracking prevention

Microsoft Edge provides better control over how your data is tracked as you browse the web. It provides three levels of tracking prevention: Basic, Balanced, and Strict.  You can choose the option that best suits your desired balance of personalization and privacy. For more information about tracking prevention, see Learn about tracking prevention in Microsoft Edge.

InPrivate browsing

Microsoft Edge offers InPrivate browsing, which allows you to hide your browsing history, site and form data, cookies, and passwords from other people who use the same device. InPrivate browsing includes InPrivate search with Microsoft Bing, so any searches on Bing won't be associated with you or influence your Bing search suggestions. For more information about InPrivate browsing, see Browse InPrivate in Microsoft Edge.

Smarter browsing

Microsoft Edge features built-in learning and accessibility tools that enhance your browsing experience, making it easier to find the information you need and connect to it in the way that suits you best. 

Microsoft Edge integrates Immersive Reader for some websites, so you can hear web content read to you or view articles without distracting ads. For more information about how to use Immersive Reader, see Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge.

You can use Collections to organize content on the web around specific themes. Collections is useful whether you're organizing your research, planning a trip, doing comparison shopping, of just want to pick up your browsing later. For more information about using Collections, see Organize your ideas with Collections in Microsoft Edge

Sync across all devices

With Microsoft Edge, you can sync your favorites, passwords, and other info across multiple devices. Just sign in to Microsoft Edge using the same Microsoft account on each device.

For more information about syncing across multiple devices, see Sign in to sync Microsoft Edge across devices.

Customize your browser

There are many ways to customize how your Microsoft Edge browser looks, feels, and behaves. You can change the browser's appearance (themes, toolbar, display fonts), set how a new tab page looks, and choose the startup behavior. To access these settings:

  1. At the top corner of the browser, select Settings and more  > Settings .

  2. Under Settings, do any of the following:

  • To change appearance, select Appearance and make the changes you want to your default theme, zoom, toolbar, and fonts.

  • To change startup behavior, select On startup, and then select what you want Microsoft Edge to display on startup.

  1. To set how the page looks when you open a new tab, select New tab page, then select Customize, and in the window, select the options you want for Page content and Page layout.

You can also personalize the new tab page in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Above the address bar, select the + button to open a new tab.

  2. At the top corner of the new tab page, select Page Settings.

  3. Choose your page layout, background image, quick links, and more.

  4. Scroll down to see your news feed and select Personalize to choose your interests.

Make Microsoft Edge your default browser

If you've downloaded Microsoft Edge but it's not your default browser, you can easily set it to be your default for Windows 10 or macOS.

Windows 10

  1. Go to Start  > Settings > Apps > Default apps > Web browser.

  2. Select the icon for the current default browser, and then, in the list, select Microsoft Edge.


  1. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Default web browser.

  2. From the Default web browser list, select Microsoft Edge.

Download and install the new Microsoft Edge

Make sure you have administrator privileges on your device and do the following:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Edge web page to download and install Microsoft Edge on your Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android device.

  2. When prompted, Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?, select Yes.

What if I don't have administrator privileges on my device?

To fully upgrade to the new Microsoft Edge, you must be signed in to your device using an administrator account. If you don't have this level of access, contact your IT administrator to request access or have someone complete the upgrade who has an administrator account on your device.

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