In December last year, Microsoft had announced its plans to adopt the Chromium open source project to develop Microsoft Edge on the desktop. The company believed that adoption of Chromium for Edge browser will help it to create better web compatibility for customers, and less fragmentation of the web for web developers.
Now, at the Microsoft Inspire conference running this week, Microsoft has shared an update on the capabilities that are coming to the next version of Microsoft Edge.
The tech giant has integrated an Internet Explorer mode in the Chromium-based Edge browser. The users who need to work on a browser that requires legacy HTML or plugins can now easily switch to the IE mode without opening a separate browser.
There is an Enterprise mode site list for IT professionals to add multiple websites to a list and automatically navigate back to a modern site. This will be helpful for the companies using IE 11 in their business processes.
The UI of the new tab page will include modern features, such as smarter address bar and better privacy controls. This will also support IE’s doc modes, as well as ActiveX controls.
The release also brings enterprise features to its Dev Channel, enabled by default. The feature is “ready for evaluation and supported by detailed deployment and configuration documentation.”
“We are also offering full support for deployment in pilot and production environments through our commercial support channels,” Microsoft team wrote in a blog post.
Dev channel builds include offline installers and ADMX files. Users can check its availability at Microsoft Edge Insider Website.
There are some features introduced to support a range of group policies, offline installers, Chromium-based browsers security, signing into the browser with Azure Active Directory, and single sign-on functionality.
There will be an ‘Enterprise-focused NTP’ that enables users to see corporate web apps, documents and websites they mostly use.
“Many of the features described in the roadmap are available today in our Insider channels. Some start rolling out on our servers today and will slowly roll out over the next couple weeks. Others are still in development and will come in later updates,” Microsoft Edge Team further explained.