Edge WebView2 arrives for Windows 10 users

Edge WebView2

Microsoft has announced that it is rolling out the WebView2 Runtime to supported consumer versions of its Windows 10 operating system. This will allow these users to embed web content in applications.

Those of you unaware of Microsoft Edge WebView2, this is a special control for developers that makes it possible for them to use the latest improvements and technologies available in the Edge browser in different programs for Windows.

Windows 11 from its infancy, and now, Windows 10.

When it comes to the latest OS, the WebView2 Runtime is already part of the operating system. But users are not conversant with it due to not having the opportunity to interact with it directly. Most users only deal with this technology in the applications it is enabled in.

Edge WebView2 Concept

In the announcement post the company has prepared for the occasion:

“For Windows 10, we have recommended developers to distribute and install the runtime with their applications. In the past two years, more than 400 million of these devices now have the WebView2 runtime thanks to developers building and distributing WebView2 applications.”

Redmond says that bundling WebView2 in Windows 10 will not only help developers cut costs but also ensure that their customers have all the necessary dependencies. Previously, they had to spend extra time to and effort to bundle the WebView2 Runtime with their apps on the platform.

Developers can learn more about the WebView2 Runtime distribution in the official documentation.

For the average consumer, the announcement does not matter that much.

The rollout has begun, and WebView2 will arrive on systems that are running the Home and Pro variants of Windows 10, version 2004 and newer. In waves, as is now the norm with the software titan. It will not have too much of an impact on disk space, as the runtime is tied to the Edge web browser.