If Microsoft a yet to release a stable version of its new Chromium-based Edge browser, the company announced this week that the Edge Insider Dev Channel is now ready for enterprise testing (via ZDNet). The Dev Channel is on a weekly release cycle, and it’s currently available for Windows 10 ,Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, and macOS.
IE Mode, a compatibility feature that should be very useful for enterprise users, is also available on the Dev Channel. If Internet Explorer 11 still ships with Windows 10, IE Mode allows Edge Insiders to open any webpage in an Internet Explorer tab without leaving the web browser.
To try IE Mode, you’ll have to enable it manually by opening edge://flags/#edge-internet-explorer-integration in an Edge tab. Once you’re done, you can open any webpage in IE Mode by clicking on the ellipsis menu, then choosing More Tools > Show this page using Internet Explorer.
So far, the switch to a Chromium base is delivering great results, especially since not all web developers have been testing their websites with Microsoft’s EdgeHTML browser engine. Moreover, bringing Microsoft Edge to older versions of Windows as well as macOS should be great to improve the browser’s market share, and Microsoft also said that it’s open to the idea of a Linux release.
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