Microsoft improves Edge and IE11 for business users in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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While Microsoft Edge is the default browser for Windows 10 on all devices, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still remains lurking in the background for users on Windows 10 for PC devices.

In a new blogpost on the Windows blog, Microsoft’s Edge team detailed two new ways they would improve Edge and IE interoperability for the Entreprise.

  1. Improved handoff experience: For browsing much of the modern web, Edge isn’t a problem – being able to handle and render even the heaviest sites – however some sites remain which are  built using legacy technology that Edge doesn’t support. For business users, Microsoft would simply offer up a prompt which let’s the users open the app in IE, now the firm is skipping the prompt and enabling it entirely. This is ostensibly to make the process of switching between IE and Edge more seamless than it is now, if you’d prefer to leave the prompts enabled, Microsoft has a setting for that.
  2. Restricting use of IE 11 to LOB sites where it is absolutely necessary: Even as Microsoft is making the usage of Edge as seamless as possible, the firm is working to eliminate corporate reliance on IE. In response to feedback from consumers, Microsoft is introducing a new policy for Windows 10 Entreprise users in the Anniversary updates which restricts IE11 to opening only websites on an approved list. This is to push the safer, more modern and now extension filled new Microsoft Edge browser.

That was a really brief summary of what we think the key points of Microsoft’s new policies for Edge and IE11 are going forward in the Windows 10 anniversary update. Microsoft is really pushing Edge as a viable replacement to IE repositioning IE as an inconvenience (in line with common consumer concepts of IE). the idea here is that as more firms upgrade IE will no longer need to be supported,

Planning to deploy Windows 10 Anniversary Update soon? What do you think of the above changes?

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