Microsoft he said that it stops the development of Edge v81, citing the continuing "global conditions" with the spread of coronavirus.
New Edge versions (or any other software updates) are usually released for security or compatibility reasons to ensure that operating systems and internal web applications remain safe and running.
Due to the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus, most system administrators are likely to remain busy managing the security of home-based workers and caring for their families in these difficult times.
Microsoft has said it does not want to put additional pressure on system administrators and other staff by releasing a new version of Edge at this time.
Redmond's decision comes two days after Google announced a similar move for Chrome v81, postponing the release of version 81 indefinitely.
Just like the Chrome team, Microsoft said that the Edge will continue to receive security updates, but that the "stable" version of the Edge 81 will be delayed until things return to normal.
Of course, after the announcement of Google to freeze the development of version 81, we should expect a similar announcement from Microsoft, since the company is currently directly dependent on Google and in particular on the development of Chromium.
Note that another browser that also had to adapt to the new reality of coronavirus was Mozilla Firefox.
Earlier this month, Mozilla released it Firefox 74, which did not accept the TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 protocols. These protocols are used to maintain the security of HTTPS connections. However, they were considered unsafe and removed by Firefox in the latest version of the application.
Earlier this week, in an update of releasenotes of Firefox 74.0, Mozilla said it temporarily enabled the protocols to ensure that users would have access to some critical government sites that still use TLS 1.0 and 1.1.