Program Manager of the Edge team, Fred Pullen, explained some software instances at the Microsoft Build Conference this week. The project is well underway and is still an integral part of the Microsoft Windows OS. However, surprisingly for the users or the IT department, Pullen still thinks that the new version of Internet Explorer gives the user more freedom of choice.
Microsoft’s well-known Internet Explorer emulates older versions of web pages. Similarly, the new Edge feature has more than one version of the Internet Explorer integrated in it. As Microsoft explained, the current mode was the integration of the code which would emulate the Edge seamlessly in the background.
Previously released Internet Explorer 11 emulates older versions of websites through IE6, IE8, IE9, and IE10. The switch between the Browser version is due to the incompatibility with the website. Old websites use different technology, often outdated. The IE recognizes parts of websites and opens whichever version necessary to display the page correctly.
With the new IE Mode, the developers have inserted a new code which they named: “the fallback into IE11.” Edge gives way to the IE11, opening a different browser. The developers have also created the Enterprise Mode Site List, which lets the browser know which of the versions is more suitable for the visited website.
The new and improved Chromium Edge should work across all websites, giving the user a choice. Based on the Microsoft Program Managers’ words the users can choose a single version of the IE or select the new Chromium version. “It could be that in your environment, you’re happy with Microsoft Edge on EdgeHTML, and you want to be able to fully test Microsoft Edge on Chromium before deploying; that’s fine,” explained Pullen.
Microsoft has also added a new policy which offers the user a choice to select which way they wish to use the new Edge. Users can choose to continue using the software as a two-browser experience or continue using Microsoft Edge as an application. After the Beta Version period is over, Microsoft’s Policy will prompt the users to decide which version they prefer to go back to.
In spite the general opinion that Microsoft is ready to pull the plug on Internet Explorer, Pullen exclaimed: Internet Explorer is considered a component of the Operating System and follows the life-cycle of the Operating System on which it’s installed. So in Windows Server 2019, for example, Internet Explorer 11 is supported until 2029.”
Considering the comments of users and the experts in the IT niche, the response of the company’s team is entirely different. Instead of shutting down Internet Explorer entirely, Microsoft decided to “multiply” the Web Browser. Since the exact date of release of the Beta version is unknown, the progress of the Microsoft team remains a mystery. Having explained the concept of improving Microsoft Edge’s user experience online, Pullen commented that it was an important step for the company.