The Chromium based Microsoft Edge to ship with built-in Internet Explorer, will also offer new privacy tools

Microsoft Edge browser or I should say the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s latest attempt to make its browser a viable option to consumers. And the company this time is leaving no stone unturned to achieve that.

The company today at its Build Developer Conference 2019 has announced that the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will ship with a built-in Internet Explorer. Microsoft calls it IE mode and it will be integrated directly into the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge via a tab.

Screen recording showing a legacy site being opened in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft says that more than 60 percent of the businesses who use multiple browsers, will get a direct benefit from this new feature as it eliminates the need of switching to Internet Explorer browser to run legacy Internet Explorer-based apps.

Microsoft also wants to position the new Edge as a privacy focussed browser. In the interest of giving customers more choice and transparency, It will be offering additional privacy controls. The new Microsoft Edge will introduce three levels of privacy: Unrestricted, Balanced and Strict.

Screen recording showing the privacy dashboard concept in Microsoft Edge

As the name suggests, changing the privacy to Unrestricted will allow third parties to collect as much data as they want, while switching to Strict means that you are not interested in giving away your data to unknown third parties. This will enable Microsoft Edge to adjust how third parties can track you across the web.

Microsoft confirmed that these features will be coming to the new Microsoft Edge browser but we don’t know as to when the company will push them to the public. Nevertheless, to make sure that you get to teste these new features at the earliest, you need to download Microsoft Edge Dev or Canary.

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