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Microsoft Chromium Edge Will Get Internet Explorer Mode

By February 1, 2020May 9th, 2022Technology News

As you may have heard, Microsoft is getting out of the browser game. Recently, the company announced that they were redesigning their Edge browser, which never quite caught on.

Rather than trying once more to reinvent the wheel, the company has opted to build the re-imagined Edge browser on Google’s Chromium technology.

More recently, however, word has filtered out that the company is developing a new “Edge Mode” that will allow the browser to render sites using the original Edge engine. Users will also be able to enable “Internet Explorer Mode” that will allow the Chromium-Edge browser to emulate Internet Explorer, version 11. Both of these additions are targeted squarely at Enterprise users who may need the functionality to utilize web apps that were designed for Edge or Explorer.

It should be noted that no official word has come down from Microsoft about either of these features. The only evidence that they’re being worked on comes from screenshots taken by beta testers. The screenshots are taken as they use the early builds of Microsoft’s new browser in testing.

Despite the absence of any official word on the subject, these are very good changes that will give Enterprise users peace of mind. This allows them to continue to use their old web apps without needing to overhaul them for use with some other browser technology.

If your company isn’t using such an app, you should know that the day is probably coming when you’ll need to use it. At best, this change buys you a bit more time. Microsoft has been cleaning house in recent months, ending support for a number of their older pieces of software. It’s only a matter of time before they pull the plug on Explorer altogether, so the clock is ticking.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.