Microsoft Edge is Redmond’s big bet in browsers, after Internet Explorer has failed to impress Windows users. Still, hundreds of millions of users will remain on Internet Explorer, so Microsoft needs to make sure their browser gets updated with new features.
According to a recent blog post coming from the Microsoft Edge Team (does this mean that they are in charge of the IE’s further development?), we’ve been informed that Internet Explorer 11 gains HTTP Strict Transport Security in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft informs that the HSTS policy ‘protects against variants of man-in-the-middle attacks that can strip TLS out of communications with a server, leaving the user vulnerable‘.
The update will be made available through file KB 3058515 and before you ask, HSTS is also available in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. The Microsoft Edge Team further added:
Site developers can use HSTS policies to secure connections by opting in to an HSTS preload list, which registers websites to be hardcoded by Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and other browsers to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS. Communications with these websites from the initial connection are automatically upgraded to be secure. Like other browsers which have implemented this feature, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 base their preload list on the Chromium HSTS preload list.
It’s nice to see that Microsoft isn’t abandoing Internet Explorer, and it can’t actually do that, since the overwhelming majority still uses the browsers. For now Edge seems to be exclusive to Windows 10, but we’re wondering if Microsoft will keep it like that after the OS gets its public release.