Microsoft Releases IE11 Enhancements for the Enterprise
With a new collection of tools and browser improvements, Microsoft is nudging businesses with legacy Web applications to its new Windows 10 OS.Edge may be the faster, more standards-compliant Web browsing experience for Windows 10, but many organizations are still running browser-based applications built for earlier editions of Internet Explorer. For those users, Microsoft also includes IE11, which features backward-compatibility modes aimed at easing the transition to newer PC hardware and Windows operating systems. Soon, many businesses clinging to older versions of IE won't have much of a choice. On Jan. 12, the company is cutting off technical support and security patches for all versions of the browser save for IE11 on Windows 7. To ensure those customers aren't left out in the cold and can still access their legacy Web applications, Microsoft released a host of IE11 improvements and a new compatibility tool, announced Microsoft's Jatinder Mann, senior program manager lead, and Fred Pullen, product marketing director, in a lengthy blog post on Nov. 23. Updates include higher fidelity emulation using the IE8 and IE7 Enterprise Modes, promoting better compatibility with sites built for those browsers. IE11 supports IE5, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11 document modes, enabling the browser to emulate those rendering engines. Customers can override the browser's site-loading defaults by configuring the Enterprise Mode Site List.
Also new is support for HTTP ports in Enterprise Mode, wrote Mann and Pullen. "We've also heard from many customers that they want the ability to apply Enterprise Mode compatibility features to sites with HTTP ports, such as http://contoso.com:8080, and we've listened: Enterprise Mode now supports HTTP ports," they stated.