Microsoft's Chromium Edge Will Have an Internet Explorer Mode, macOS Support

The Edge logo. Credit: MicrosoftThe Edge logo. Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft’s new Edge browser built on Chromium, the open source project Google Chrome is built upon, will feature an Internet Explorer mode, offer distinct privacy levels and attempt to assist with information overload. The features will launch alongside the next version of Edge, Microsoft announced here at its Build developer conference in Seattle today. 

IE Mode will make Internet Explorer available in a tab in Edge, allowing users to run legacy apps and websites in the same browser as the rest of their work. It seems like a better solution than leaving Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or even the existing Edge to do so. Microsoft claimed that this will assist more than 60 percent of businesses using more than one browser for work tasks.

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is teasing the macOS version. You could sign up for updates, so it sounds like Edge Insiders will be able to test that version soon, though no release date has been specified.

Additionally, the browser will have three privacy modes: Unrestricted, Balanced and Strict. Unrestricted is straightforward enough, allowing anything through. Strict will block all third-party trackers, while Balanced, the default setting, will only allow trackers from sites you've used before.

"The most important thing is to make sure that all the data is being trapped and collected on the web is being transparent to the end user and the end user is in control," CEO Satya Nadella said.

Lastly, Microsoft introduced a feature called Collections to help organize and share web content, including integrating it into existing Office projects. A demo during the keynote showed photos and text being copied into Collections, with Edge creating a document with citations in Microsoft Word afterwards. It also showed a side-by-side in Excel using camera reviews with ratings, buy links and prices comparisons.

Those who want to try these features early may see them before a wide launch as part of the Edge Insider program, though it’s not available on every platform yet.

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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    I have been running the Dev weekly version of Chromium Edge and it's fast.
  • thebigt42
    Quote:
    The new version of Edge will behave like Internet Explorer, and will also have a suite of new security features. Microsoft's Chromium Edge Will Have an Internet Explorer Mode : Read more

    Microsoft’s new Edge browser built on Google's Chromium...


    Chromium is an open source browser not owned by Google. There are some key differences between Google Chrome and Chromium. First off, Google Chrome is a commercial closed source product made by Google which is based on the open source Chromium project.
  • alextheblue
    Good, that will make dealing with legacy sites a bit easier. I was interested to see where the new Edge would stand on backwards compat.