May 19, 2016 10:00 am

Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 are even better together in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft Edge is built from the ground up to improve productivity, to be more secure, and to correctly, quickly, and reliably render web pages. 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.

Improving the experience of opening sites in IE11

Using the Enterprise Mode Site List, you can dictate which sites Microsoft Edge should open in Internet Explorer 11. For those sites, Microsoft Edge currently shows an interstitial page that states “This website needs Internet Explorer 11” and automatically opens IE11. We received feedback from customers that the interstitial page is sometimes confusing for users, and the right browser should just open automatically. We’ve heard your feedback and, beginning with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the interstitial page will be removed by default. IE11 will simply load on top of Microsoft Edge with no extra visual affordances, helping your users more quickly complete the tasks they had set out to do.

Animation showing Microsoft Edge automatically opening a site in IE11 based on the Enterprise Mode Site List.

We recognize that some customers liked the interstitial page as a way to educate their users on why IE11 was being opened automatically. For customers that want to enable the previous experience, we have introduced a new “Show message when opening sites in Internet Explorer using Enterprise Mode” Microsoft Edge group policy.

The same user experience applies when using Enterprise Mode with IE11 to open Microsoft Edge, the interstitial page eliminated by default. You can use the “Show message when opening sites in Microsoft Edge using Enterprise Mode” Internet Explorer Group Policy to bring that experience back.

Restricting IE11 to only line of business applications that need it

We’ve also heard feedback from customers that they would like to limit usage of IE11 to only the LOB apps which require it, opening all other sites in Microsoft Edge. This approach not only ensures new development happens on the modern web platform supported by Microsoft Edge, but it also enables your users to run an evergreen browser designed for better productivity, security, and rendering without sacrificing compatibility with legacy line of business applications. The safer Microsoft Edge is the default browser for your everyday tasks, and the less secure Internet Explorer 11 is only used for sites on your organization’s compatibility list.

Starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we are introducing a new Internet Explorer group policy to restrict IE11 usage to only sites on the Enterprise Mode Site List: “Send all sites not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List to Microsoft Edge.” Enabling this setting automatically opens all sites that are not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List in Microsoft Edge. We recommend setting Microsoft Edge as the default browser when enabling this policy.

This feature works with both the v.1 and v.2 XML schemas. If you also have the “Send all intranet sites to Internet Explorer 11” Microsoft Edge group policy enabled at the same time, then all intranet sites will continue to open in IE11. Note that as a best practice both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 should be pointed to the same Enterprise Mode Site List.

Let us know how we’re doing

As always, these improvements are made thanks to your feedback and suggestions. Let us know how we are doing, and how we can help ease your migration to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. We hope that you will enjoy these new features!

— Josh Rennert, Program Manager

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  1. As a consumer (and not an enterprise user), I would never, ever consider making it my browser of choice.
    The reason? Simple.
    I rely on RSS in IE to keep track of my favorite web sites. I know instantly when something new has been posted. But can I do the same in Edge? NO! It has no built-in RSS reader.
    So, until Edge gets a built-in RSS reader, I will never use it.

  2. Will it finally be able to open .htm and .html files from a network share/mapped drive? I heard that’s a killer feature.

  3. Will Edge support reading the EMIE list from a UNC path in this release (as IE does)? Standing up IIS just to host this list is a PITA…

  4. I am a long-time Microsoft customer and home user who is frustrated with Edge and IE. I don’t use Edge because it is not “user friendly” (I actually hate that term) and Windows 10 is annoying but I’m catching up with it.
    I recently changed my email account to (after rave reviews from friends) and have encountered nothing but problems since doing so! I AM NOT A DEVELOPER!! Scripts mean nothing to me. If isn’t crashing, it is running a long script which screws up everything. I have disabled script debugging for IE but it still freezes when I try to access my email account or view webpages. I am beyond frustrated.
    Does anyone really know how to correct/stop the script issue because, at this point, I am seriously considering dumping Edge/IE and Outlook for Firefox and Thunderbird.

  5. I still cannot use Edge. I have over 200 passwords and I use Robiform to keep track of them. Without this add-on, Edge is useless.

  6. What happened to Enhanced Protected Mode in IE11? It no longer works on Windows 10 systems. Not to mention the option to “Enable 64-bit processes for Enhanced Protected Mode” – because as the name suggests that requires Enhanced Protected Mode to function in the first place!

    So, how are you doing? Not too good. You keep on killing features that your Enterprise customers depend on and yet there is zero documentation on what you have killed in the different releases or updates. You probably don’t even know. And that is what your customers will not accept.

  7. Can edge go back more than one page yet in a manner that consumers expect? (long-press or similar on back button)

  8. I’m having a hard time adjusting to Microsoft Edge. I’m so used to Internet Explorer, so I’m confused as to what I am supposed to do to get the best out of Windows 10.

  9. Hi can you please tell me, why Send page as email no longer works in IE 11 since upgrading to Win10 Anniversary yesterday. I use this a lot. It does open WLM For few seconds then closes immediately, it does not open the programme.
    After years and years of using Microsoft, it looks as if I will no longer be able to continue with my hobby.
    By the way Send page as email is not greyed out, it is active. Send link as email works find, but send page as email doesn’t, very disappointing.
    Hugs Shirley Wells

  10. I want to know how/why Win10 Anniversary broke yahoo mail. Yahoo mail all of a sudden says my browser is too old. Worked fine before this update. ARGH. This gets so frustrating at times.

  11. I completely missed this post, but now that I’m working on a Windows 10 Enterprise deployment…this is excellent news!

    I definitely remember sitting in on a presentation at Microsoft Ignite 2015 and bringing this very feature up as it wasn’t available at launch. This is huge for me and I couldn’t be happier about it’s inclusion in the anniversary update as this will definitely get Windows 10 out to thousands of workstations.

    Thanks for the going the extra mile on this one! Kudos team

  12. Not being able to go back more than one page at a time is a deal-breaker. Edge is otherwise a nice browser, but until MS fixes this glaring defect I’ll be sticking with Chrome and Firefox.

    • Hi Paul – You can navigate back more than one page by right-clicking on the “Back” and “Forward” arrows.