Microsoft Edge will stop supporting CPUs that lack SSE3

The update came out on May 13, 2024

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Microsoft Edge will stop supporting CPUs that lack SSE3

Recently, Microsoft added new information about compatibility changes to the official Edge documentation page on the Microsoft Learn website.

The Redmond tech giant mentioned:

After version 126, Microsoft Edge will stop supporting CPUs that lack SSE3. Devices with these CPUs will not receive any more updates.

This means that to use Microsoft Edge version 126 or later, you need a processor with the SSE3 instruction set or higher. Devices without a CPU that supports SSE3 will not be supported.

So, if you are wondering whether you could use Edge after the release of the 126 version, you can if you are not using very old hardware.

It is similar to the requirements in the new upcoming version of Windows, 24H2. Intel released SSE3 in 2004 with Pentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron D, and AMD introduced it in Opteron, Sempron, & Athlon 64.  SSE stands for Streaming SIMD Extensions, a series of instructions integrated into the latest CPUs to improve multimedia and mathematical operations.

The updated software requirements for Microsoft Edge are:

  • Windows 11 and Windows 10
  • macOS – Catalina (10.15) and later
  • Android – Android KitKat 4.4 or later with an ARM-based processor
  • iOS –  iOS and iPadOS 14.0 or later
  • Linux

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