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Microsoft announced that the WebView2 runtime is now available on consumer versions of Windows 10 that are not yet fully supported. Recall that Microsoft Edge WebView2 is a control that allows developers to integrate web content into their applications with the ability to use modern Chromium engine technologies.
For ordinary users, this news is not so important, since they do not directly interact with the WebView2 runtime. The necessary files for the components to work are supplied with the installed application.
The WebView2 Runtime for Windows 10 is primarily needed by developers as it can significantly reduce costs and ensure that users have the required dependencies. Previously, developers needed to spend time and effort to add WebView2 Runtime to their applications.
Microsoft has already begun rolling out WebView 2 Runtime to users of Windows 10 versions 2004 (and later) in Home and Pro editions. The runtime will take up very little disk space because it is tied to the Microsoft Edge browser that comes preinstalled with Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Developers can learn more about WebView 2 Runtime in the documentation on the official Microsoft website. Please note that the change does not yet affect corporate-owned domain-joined devices. Details on this are expected to be provided in the future.