Use Enterprise Mode to improve compatibility
Applies to: Windows 10
If you have specific websites and apps that have compatibility problems with Microsoft Edge, you can use the Enterprise Mode site list so that the websites open in Internet Explorer 11 automatically. Additionally, if you know that your intranet sites aren't going to work correctly with Microsoft Edge, you can set all intranet sites to automatically open using IE11 with the Send all intranet sites to IE group policy.
Using Enterprise Mode means that you can continue to use Microsoft Edge as your default browser, while also ensuring that your apps continue working on IE11.
Interoperability goals and enterprise guidance
Our primary goal is that your websites work in Microsoft Edge. To that end, we've made Microsoft Edge the default browser.
You must continue using IE11 if web apps use any of the following:
Enterprise mode or compatibility view to addressing compatibility issues
legacy document modes
If you have uninstalled IE11, you can download it from the Microsoft Store or the Internet Explorer 11 download page. Alternatively, you can use Enterprise Mode with Microsoft Edge to transition only the sites that need these technologies to load in IE11.
If you want to use Group Policy to set Internet Explorer as your default browser, you can find the info here, Set the default browser using Group Policy.
|Technology||Why it existed||Why we don't need it anymore|
|ActiveX||ActiveX is a binary extension model introduced in 1996 which allowed developers to embed native Windows technologies (COM/OLE) in web pages. These controls can be downloaded and installed from a site and were subsequently loaded in-process and rendered in Internet Explorer.|
|Browser Helper Objects (BHO)||BHOs are a binary extension model introduced in 1997 which enabled developers to write COM objects that were loaded in-process with the browser and could perform actions on available windows and modules. A common use was to build toolbars that installed into Internet Explorer.|
|Document modes||Starting with IE8, Internet Explorer introduced a new “document mode” with every release. These document modes could be requested via the x-ua-compatible header to put the browser into a mode which emulates legacy versions.||Similar to other modern browsers, Microsoft Edge has a single “living” document mode. To minimize the compatibility burden, we test features behind switches in about:flags until stable and ready to be turned on by default.|
Microsoft Edge is the default browser experience for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. However, if you're running web apps that rely on ActiveX controls, continue using Internet Explorer 11 for the web apps to work correctly. If you don't have IE11 installed anymore, you can download it from the Microsoft Store or the Internet Explorer 11 download page. Also, if you use an earlier version of Internet Explorer, upgrade to IE11.
Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 support IE11 so that you can continue using legacy apps even as you migrate to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.
If you're having trouble deciding whether Microsoft Edge is right for your organization, then take a look at the infographic about the potential impact of using Microsoft Edge in an organization.
|Microsoft Edge takes you beyond just browsing to actively engaging with the web through features like Web Note, Reading View, and Cortana.
||IE11 offers enterprises additional security, manageability, performance, backward compatibility, and modern standards support.
Configure the Enterprise Mode Site List
- Blog: How Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 work better together in the Enterprise
- Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11)
- Download the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager (schema v.2)
- Download the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager (schema v.1)
- Use the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager
- Web Application Compatibility Lab Kit for Internet Explorer 11
- Download Internet Explorer 11
- Microsoft Edge - Deployment Guide for IT Pros
- Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) - Deployment Guide for IT Pros
- Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 (IEAK 11) - Administrator's Guide
- Internet Explorer 11 - FAQ for IT Pros