Microsoft adds Internet Explorer mode to Chromium Edge, announces roadmap

Business features that include support for the hated old browser ready to evaluate




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Microsoft had to consider the addiction of companies to Internet Explorer 11 in its roadmap for Edge Enterprise, the commercial aspect of its new web browser based on the Chromium project of Google.

Sean Lyndersay, group program manager, and Colleen, senior program manager, Williams said of the roadmap, released yesterday, that "One of the functions available for evaluation is Internet Explorer mode. that our clients made it clear to us that their web applications that depend on IE11 tend to be critical for many of them "their business processes".

The program's chief manager, Fred Pullen, asked IT administrators at the Microsoft Ignite conference, "How many of you no longer need Internet Explorer at all? I had four hands of about 200 peo," he said in a video.

Internet Explorer will not disappear. It is a component of Windows and is supported whenever the versions of Windows in which it is included are supported. "That said, we want to restrict where and when and how an instance of IE 11 is created," Pullen said, because of the inherent risks in the legacy browser with its multiple document modes and quirky mode, which makes it particularly vulnerable to attacks

Edge based on Chromium will be able to open sites in IE mode automatically, within the Edge application, provided Group Policy allows it, a mechanism to administer application settings centrally in a Windows site. Policies are flexible and include options to specify that sites open in IE mode and the ability to control IE mode is used for intranet sites.

Just announced is a new "company-centric" tab page, which will show the corporate sites and recommended content of Office 365. The results of the small Bing search engine will include results from both the web and the corporate network for Microsoft 365 users (Office 365 combined with Windows and device management).

  The Edge Roadmap of a Perspective Business

The Edge Roadmap from a Business Perspective

Other Edge features, transferred from the current version, include Application Guard, which runs the browser in a Hyper-V container for isolation, and Azure AD Conditional Access, which uses a range of signals such as location, device, and application to determine whether to log on with Azure AD (used by Office 365).

There's no place like Chromium: Teething issues

Microsoft is creating Edge in Chromium in part to ensure better compatibility with Google's dominant Chrome web browser. However, this has a price. There are multiple potential problems. As an illustration, take a look at this Chromium problem.

The problem was that a change in the behavior of Chromium interrupted the downloads of Microsoft Dynamics CRM pages. Specifically, the file names surrounded by single quotes, generated by Dynamics, began to be downloaded with the quotes in place, which means that users had to change the file name to remove them.

Users who do not see this receive an error message about an unknown file type when trying to open what they have downloaded. Chromium made the change to better comply with the HTML specification, but administrators complained about the pain that the change had caused its users.

In response to this problem, the Chromium team reversed the change to allow more time for administrators and software vendors. to put your applications in compliance. He then reversed the reversal, stating that "We decided not to merge this with the barn."

The comment of Abdul Syed from Google, on the Chrome team, was that: "As browsers align better with the specifications and with each other, to provide" A more consistent predictable web platform, compliance problems will inevitably arise standards with third-party software, and will have to be solved by third-party software. "

Microsoft is solving the problem in Dynamics but some users still report problems, particularly with local Dynamics.

Force Microsoft to fix applications that Not complying with standards is good, but inflicting pain on users with a change in browser behavior is not, if the Chromium team found the right balance in this case, it should be discussed, but the incident shows that Microsoft does not You can expect any special favor if, for some reason, Chromium evolves in a direction that causes problems for Microsoft customers. ®

Balance consumerization and corporate control.

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