Microsoft developers continue to phase out support for Internet Explorer, whose market share has long been does not exceed 5%, in favor of the new Edge on the Chromium engine. For example, the company said that soon more than 1000 sites will no longer be able to open in Internet Explorer: they will be automatically redirected to the Edge browser.
The developers have implemented and are testing this feature for some Windows users since the release of Edge 84 this summer. But soon, with the release of Edge 87 scheduled for next month, Microsoft plans to enable forced IE-to-Edge redirection for all users.
The list of sites incompatible with IE has already 1156 names, and it can be see here… These include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, VK, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, ESPN, StackOverflow, Yahoo Mail, and so on.
The new feature was implemented through the ie_to_edge_bho.dll file, which was added to the Edge installations last summer and is a Browser Helper Object (BHO), essentially a browser plugin. The file was installed in the following locations:
- C: Program Files Microsoft Edge Application (Version) BHO
- C: Program Files (x86) Microsoft Edge Application (Version) BHO
Although the BHO file is stored in the Edge folder, via a registry key, it is loaded inside IE every time the user launches IE. BHO keeps track of which sites the user is trying to access, regardless of whether he follows the link or enters the UR in the address bar.
As a result, starting next month, IE users will not be able to load sites from the aforementioned list: sites will automatically open in a new Edge window. In turn, inside IE, a special pageexplaining why the site cannot be loaded using this browser. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
Enterprise customers will be able to independently decide if they need IE-to-Edge functionality using group policies. If desired, you can disable forced redirection to another browser, or at least control some aspects of its behavior.
It is also emphasized that the innovation is available only on systems where Edge and IE are installed at the same time. Administrators who run very old machines with only IE on board do not need to worry about forced redirects.
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