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IT Freedom’s Guide to Microsoft Edge & Internet Explorer 11

by Matt Miller on

Microsoft’s newest browser tools provide businesses with a fantastic advantage, but are you getting the most out of them?


We’re taking a look at the Windows 10 browsing options for your company.

Enterprise Guidance

The default browser for anyone running Windows 10 or Windows 10 mobile is Microsoft Edge. That being said, if you’re using web apps dependent on ActiveX controls, using Internet Explorer 11 is probably a better bet. If you no longer have Internet Explorer 11 it can be downloaded from the Windows store or directly from the Internet Explorer download page.

For those running earlier versions of Internet Explorer, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to the new version. Internet Explorer 11 is compatible with all versions of Windows since 7, so there isn’t really a worry of legacy apps not working after the migration to the new OS, making for a seamless transition.

Microsoft Edge

The new default browser in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. This browser takes everything to a whole new level by actively engaging with the web though innovative features like Cortana, Reading View and Web Note.

  • Cortana (link to Cortana blog) – automatically enabled on Microsoft Edge, Cortana allows you to highlight words to get more information and has numerous other capabilities, for example: one click access to specific information such as reservations or reviews without ever leaving the web page.
  • Reading View – Microsoft Edge brings Reading View, a feature that allows you to read and print online articles with a distraction free layout that is optimized for the screen you’re using. Reading view also allows users to save webpages and PDF’s to your reading lists to look at later.
  • Web note – this feature allows you to annotate, highlight, and call things out directly on a webpage.
  • Security & Compatibility – The Microsoft Edge browser lets you continue using Internet Explorer 11 to view sites that are on the corporate intranet or included on your Enterprise Mode Site list. Older, less secure technology will need to be run on Internet Explorer 11.

Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 offers its own set of benefits:

  • Security – designed with security in mind, Internet Explorer 11 offers enhanced security compared to older versions. Older risks are reduced with innovative new features such as Enhanced Protected Mode and Smart Screen.
  • Manageability – Internet Explorer 11 makes for an easier migration to Windows 10 and helps your organization support the next generation of devices, software, and services.
  • Backward compatibility – 9 separate document modes are supported by Internet Explorer 11, including high-fidelity emulations for use with older versions of Internet Explorer.
  • Performance – the new Internet Explorer is considerably faster than the older versions. JavaScript rendering, network optimization, hardware-accelerating text, and graphics are all taken advantage of in the newest version of the browser.
  • Modern standards support – to ensure today’s websites and apps work just as well as the older legacy versions, all modern web technologies are supported, including HTML5, CSS3, and WebGL.

A lot of improvements have been made to Microsoft’s browsers in both security and design. Let us know your thoughts, or if you have any questions on the updates!

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