Microsoft improves Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

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With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new browser for the OS: Microsoft Edge. While a lot of users like Edge, some users are still using Internet Explorer – especially enterprise users. Microsoft today announced that the company wants its Enterprise customers to continue using their web apps which are built for older versions of IE. The company is adding some new features to IE 11’s Enterprise — here’s what’s new:

  • Support for HTTP ports in Enterprise Mode – We’ve also heard from many customers that they want the ability to apply Enterprise Mode compatibility features to sites with HTTP ports, such as, and we’ve listened: Enterprise Mode now supports HTTP ports. You can specify a HTTP port directly in your Enterprise Mode Site List XML, such as <domain></domain>, or you can use the new Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool to add HTTP ports. To use this feature on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’ll need to also install the IE11 October Cumulative Update or later.
  • Web Application Compatibility Lab Kit – To help customers learn how to use Enterprise Mode and Enterprise Site Discovery, today we are introducing the Web Application Compatibility Lab Kit. This Lab Kit provides a walk-through of how to configure and set up Enterprise Mode in addition to Enterprise Site Discovery, the F12 developer tools, and the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager. The Lab Kit comes with VMs for Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise (Evaluation) and Windows 10 Enterprise (Evaluation), or you can download a “lite” version without the VMs.

The latest updates are, indeed, much-needed additions. It will be interesting to see if the company will continue to add features to Internet Explorer for its Enterprise customers in the near-future, however.

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