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Microsoft had to consider businesses' addiction to Internet Explorer 11 in its roadmap for Edge Enterprise, the business aspect of its new web browser based on Google's Chromium project.
Group program manager Sean Lyndersay and senior program manager Colleen Williams said of the roadmap, rolled out yesterday, that "one of the features available for evaluation is Internet Explorer Mode ... our customers made clear to us ... that their web apps that rely on IE11 tend to be critical to many of their business processes."
Program - Manager - Fred - Pullen - IT
Principal program manager Fred Pullen asked IT administrators at the Microsoft Ignite conference "how many of you no longer need Internet Explorer for anything? I had four hands out of about 200 people," he said in a video.
Internet Explorer is not going away. It is a component of Windows and is supported for as long as versions of Windows in which it is included are supported. "That said, we want to restrict where and when and how IE 11 is instantiated," said Pullen, because of the risks inherent in the legacy browser with its multiple document modes and quirk modes, making it particularly vulnerable to attack.
Edge - Sites - IE - Mode - Edge
Chromium-based edge will be able to open sites in IE mode automatically, within the Edge application, provided it is enabled by Group Policy, a mechanism for managing application settings centrally across a Windows site. The policies are flexible and include options for specifying sites to open in IE mode and the ability to control wither IE mode is used for intranet sites.
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