Microsoft will amp up its damnation of Internet Explorer (IE) and solidify that very aged browser’s second-rate standing by quickly forcibly redirecting greater than a thousand web sites to the a lot newer Edge.
According to an Oct. 19 help doc, as of the discharge of Edge 87 — anticipated Nov. 17-19 — IE will refuse to render lots of of sites, mechanically closing the tab in IE after which displaying a message asserting that they do not work in the out of date browser.
At that time, the identical URL shall be opened in an Edge tab and the person shall be prompted to make Edge the default browser from a banner beneath the tackle discipline.
Other retailers, together with Bleeping Computer, have reported on the brand new IE redirections.
“When a person goes to a web site that’s incompatible with Internet Explorer, they are going to be mechanically redirected to Microsoft Edge,” the help doc said. Microsoft maintains the record of IE-incompatible web sites. The present record tops a thousand particular person sites, together with apple.com, drive.google.com, fb.com, goducks.com, kroger.com and twitter.com.
This redirection is separate from the IE mode constructed into Edge. The pressured redirection happens solely when utilizing the stand-alone IE11. Managed PCs, Microsoft reminded IT directors in the help doc, must be configured to use IE mode to “let your customers load sites in Internet Explorer mode.”
The lengthy IE goodbye
The new redirecting — a harsher phrase for it may be “hijacking” — is of a bit with modifications Microsoft introduced two months in the past. At the time, the Redmond, Wash. firm promised an Aug. 17, 2021 finish to help of IE11 by the Microsoft 365 apps and providers. Also on the calendar: Microsoft Teams will drop help for IE on Nov. 30, 2020.
Ending some help for IE11 bolstered Microsoft’s positioning of the browser as appropriate just for working well-worn apps and rendering creaky intranet sites. So did this newest transfer. The blocked web sites might in truth be incompatible with IE11 — though customers have to belief Microsoft that that is so — however they’re undoubtedly not from an intranet, not the final URLs like youtube.com or espn.com that compose the record.
By Microsoft’s considering, IE should not be used to go to such sites. The distinction is that now the corporate is forcing that considering on everybody.
Well, not actually everybody. As it virtually at all times does, Microsoft has left loopholes for enterprise IT. Several group insurance policies shall be obtainable to, for instance, configure the person expertise of the positioning redirection or disable the redirection solely.
The three insurance policies have been added to the group coverage template updates; in accordance to Microsoft, they can even be obtainable in Intune no later than Nov. 8.
(Information in regards to the pertinent group insurance policies might be discovered right here.)
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