“As contributors to the Chromium project, we look forward to the new 4-week major release cycle cadence that Google announced, to help deliver that innovation to our customers even faster,” the company explains.
However, this new schedule will only be the default for consumers. Microsoft will offer an “Extended Stable” option to allow enterprises to receive updates every eight weeks instead of four.
When selecting the “Extended Stable” option, enterprise customers will receive biweekly security updates with essential fixes, but “everything else will be delivered on the extended schedule every eight weeks.”
This new update schedule is expected to kick-off with the release of Microsoft Edge 94, which will be available in September.
One codebase moving forward
In addition to speeding up update releases, Microsoft has also revealed that it is moving the desktop and mobile version to a single cadence during the Ignite conference.
In the past, Microsoft had a different codebase for each platform. The problem with this approach was that features and improvements would arrive at different times for Windows 10, Mac, Linux, and mobile users.
The company is now moving to a single codebase to make the development more efficient, faster, and consistent across devices.