Microsoft's Chromium Edge Will Have an Internet Explorer Mode

Screen recording showing a legacy site being opened in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge

Azure, Microsoft Graph, IoT and IE mode highlights ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley handicaps Microsoft's vision to lead with its three core clouds: Azure, Microsoft 365 and gaming. It seems like a better solution than leaving Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or even the existing Edge to do so.

Many people welcomed this news, as it meant that Microsoft could allow Edge to use numerous features Chrome has.

There's also another new feature that Microsoft called Collections.

"In December, we announced our intention to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop", a Microsoft statement notes. So Edge was choking on some websites that work fine on those other browsers.

More to the point, Microsoft is also revealing some new functionality that it will include in the new Microsoft Edge.

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Why would you want Internet Explorer in Edge?

Enlarge / The integrated Internet Explorer tab can be used to provide compatibility for legacy Web applications. This wasn't because people loved using it - far from it, in fact - but because it was bundled with Windows.

With the Internet Explorer mode, people can view and use those websites and apps correctly. They're all pretty self-explanatory - the company says it'll affect how companies can track your activity across the web. "It's easy to lose track of where you are, and too hard to turn the chaos of your tabs and windows into actionable information", Microsoft said. "Interested developers can try our first preview of the Win32 WebView control and give feedback, and stay tuned for more updates the weeks and months ahead", Microsoft announced. The browser comes with some interesting new feature ideas, like Collections which help you collect, save and organize content across the web. It could be a useful tool for students and researchers (not to mention reporters), who often have to juggle dozens of tabs at once. For example, it revealed Fluid Framework, which the company claims is "a developer technology for building a new class of shared, interactive experiences on the web".

While this all sounds a bit techy, the aim is to allow developers to work together to make exciting new websites and apps for the internet.

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