Now that Microsoft have released the public version of the new Edge browser I wanted to see what options we have to deploy it.
- Option 1 is available if you are using legacy methods of deploying software to machines, in that case you can use the Microsoft provided MSI installation files and deploy using existing your deployment methods.
- Option 2 is the modern approach whereby if machines are Azure AD joined and managed within Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) then it is possible to take advantage of the built-in functionality to deploy Edge.
In this post I’m going to show how simple it is to use the Intune functionality within MEM, currently in preview, to deploy the Edge browser. It is important to note that this new Edge browser replaces the original built-in version and cannot be uninstalled, also automatic updates are on by default with the stable channel updating every six weeks.
Within the MEM admin centre Edge is deployed as a standard app, via the Apps section and then All Apps
When adding a new app Microsoft Edge shows in the dropdown list of supported application types, from where you can select either the Windows version or the macOS version.
You simply give it a name and description and choose whether to show it in the Company portal
It is then possible to select which channel will be deployed, multiple app installs of Edge can be created and assigned to allow deployment of different channels.
Once you’ve selected the channel the new logo appears
The application can then be assigned to the required group through the assignments option
On the client machine we can see the original logo on the task bar and start menu
Once Intune synchronises and picks up the deployment the machine will connect to the Microsoft CDN and download the application before then giving a notification that it’s completed installation
The machine then displays the new icon in place of the old browser.
We can then see confirmation within the Monitor section of the app to see that it has deployed successfully