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Hi IT Pros,
We still get the questions about Internet Explorer migration to Edge Chromium once in a while, especially from Government Agency Customers, the questions usually related to the in-house legacy application’ compatibility and develop tools.
Today we discuss about all thing migration from IE to Edge, I combine a check list of features, how to run Edge in IE compatible mode and the limitations for your review. We also touch on the new Edge feature Webview2 available in the near future.
Migrate from IE to Edge check list.
ActiveX control, Silverlight, Java
Microsoft Edge doesn’t support ActiveX controls or Browser Help Objects (BHOs) like Silverlight or Java. However, if you’re running web apps that use ActiveX controls, BHOs, or legacy document modes on Internet Explorer 11, you can configure them to run in IE mode on the new Microsoft Edge
Edge browser in IE mode, features and configuration
Only those sites that you specifically configure (via policy) will use IE mode:
IE mode supports the following Internet Explorer functionality
IE mode doesn’t support the following Internet Explorer functionality
Use GPO to enable Edge Enterprise mode (IE compatible mode)
Computer configurationPoliciesAdministrative templateMicrosoft Edge
Use GPO to enable IE Enterprise mode
Administrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsInternet ExplorerUse the Enterprise Mode IE website list
More info: Turn on Enterprise Mode and use a site list
Edge feature to auto-redirect from IE to Edge if there is compatible function.
Many modern websites have designs that are incompatible with Internet Explorer (IE). When an IE user visits an incompatible public website, the user may get a message about incompatible browser. After the message, starting with version 84, automatically redirects users to Microsoft Edge.
IE incompatible banner
Microsoft Edge supported browser privacy
with tracking prevention feature.
Unblock tracking prevention for company’s web developer.
Microsoft is currently working on the Storage Access API in the Chromium codebase. The Storage Access API gives site developers a way to request storage access from users directly, to quickly and intuitively unblock themselves.
Same Org Mitigation
Microsoft Edge exempts a site from tracking prevention when the site is making third-party requests to other sites owned by the same parent organization (as defined in the Disconnect entities.json list)
Using Microsoft Edge DevTools to debug Office-Add-in
When the Office add-in is running in Microsoft Edge, you can use the Microsoft Edge DevTools.
Currently, Edge Chromium doesn’t provide native support for ClickOnce or DirectInvoke.
ClickOnce and DirectInvoke are features available in IE and Microsoft Edge classic (version 45 and earlier) that support the use of a file handler to download files from a website.
ClickOnce requests are handled by the native file handler in Windows. DirectInvoke requests are handled by a registered file handler specified by the website hosting the file.
Edge Group Policy list:
Applies to Microsoft Edge version 77 or later (Edge Chromium).
Allow Basic authentication for HTTP
Do not set window.opener for links targeting _blank
Allow the Web widget
Enable the Web widget at Windows startup
Available Browser policies
To configure the group policy for a default file type and protocol associations configuration file:
- Open the Group Policy editor and go to the Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsFile Explorer.
- Select Set a default associations configuration file.
Import favorites in Microsoft Edge:
Open Microsoft Edge and select Settings and more at the top corner of the window.
Select Favorites > Import.
Under Import from, select the browser from which you want to import your favorites or select Favorites or bookmarks HTML file.
More Edge features and documents:
WebView2 is Microsoft’s new embedded web control (11-19-2020), built on top of Microsoft Edge (Chromium).
Edge browser 46 tips
Deploy and Update Edge by SCCM
All Edge Documents
- Moving users to Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer – Microsoft Edge Development | Microsoft Docs
- Tracking Prevention in Microsoft Edge (Chromium) – Microsoft Edge Development | Microsoft Docs
- Developing for the web with the power of building a native desktop application.
- Add multiple sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using a file and the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager (schema v.2) (Internet Explorer 11 for IT Pros) – Internet Explorer | Microsoft Docs
- About IE mode | Microsoft Docs
- Microsoft Edge Tips
- Microsoft Edge Browser Policy Documentation | Microsoft Docs
- Microsoft Edge: Configure IE Mode (Part 1) – Azure Cloud & AI Blog
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