Microsoft provides group policies for enterprise control of ‘full-Chromium’ Edge updates

Microsoft provides group policies for enterprise control of ‘full-Chromium’ Edge updates




Microsoft has published the template and documentation that will be required to manage updates of the not-yet-finalized “full-Chromium” Edge browser, making good on a promise of earlier this summer.

When Microsoft first pounded the Edge-for-enterprise drum in June, the Redmond, Wash. developer unveiled a preliminary catalog of group policies that IT administrators would use to deploy, customize and maintain the browser. Omitted, though, were GPOs (group policy objects) and an administrative template for wrangling updates.

“Policies for managing updates aren’t included; those will be in a separate administrative template file,” Sean Lyndersay, a group program manager on the Edge team, wrote in a June 14 post to a Microsoft blog.

Unlike previous Microsoft browsers – Internet Explorer (IE) and the original Edge, the latter powered by Microsoft’s own technologies – the Edge built from the Google-dominated Chromium open-source project will be updated on a much faster six-to-eight-week cadence, just as is Chrome. Microsoft has severed the link between browser and OS feature updates. Enterprises that want to test and verify that each update works as expected need a way to block the native update mechanism.

That’s where these new GPOs come into play.

The update-related group policies can be found in the full-Chromium Edge’s online documentation. They require version 77 or later of Edge; the Dev 77 build was released last month, while Beta 77 launched this week.

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