Microsoft Edge to get Enterprise Mode improvements with Anniversary Update

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Microsoft just announced a few improvements for Edge’s Enterprise Mode that will coincide with the release of the Anniversary Update. These improvements should enhance the way Microsoft Edge works with Internet Explorer 11 in the way it opens sites and apps that are not originally developed for Windows 10’s default browser.

“While Microsoft Edge is the default browser for Windows 10 and is the best fit for most users, we recognize that some Enterprise customers have line of business applications built specifically for older web technologies, which require Internet Explorer 11. Last year, we announced that you can use Enterprise Mode with Microsoft Edge to open sites in IE11 and vice versa. Today, we’re announcing a number of improvements in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that make Microsoft Edge and IE11 work even better together.”

Microsoft Edge to better handle sites for Internet Explorer 11

The first improvement is the Enterprise Mode Site List, a feature that will allow you to choose which sites you want to open with Internet Explorer 11. In short, if some sites your organization regularly use are not compatible with Microsoft Edge, you can instead set Internet Explorer as their default browser

Microsoft also said that it will remove the interstitial page that currently appears in Microsoft Edge when a site needs to be opened with Internet Explorer 11. Starting with the Anniversary Update’s release, certain websites will automatically open Internet Explorer 11 on top of Microsoft Edge without any additional windows. Microsoft said it decided to remove the interstitial page because a lot of users reported it as confusing in the Feedback Hub.

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And finally, the third improvement is the ability to only open sites from the Enterprise Mode Site List with Internet Explorer 11. Administrators only need to include certain sites to the Enterprise Mode Site List. Microsoft Edge will then only send these select sites to Internet Explorer 11, opening all other sites within itself. This change is courtesy of a new Internet Explorer group policy.

The Anniversary Update is the second major update for Windows 10 and we expect it to arrive this summer on July 29. Besides the aforementioned additions for Microsoft Edge, we also expect enhancements and new features for Cortana, Xbox One, the user interface, the Windows Store, and others.