17 February 2021
Internet Explorer now does not open certain websites and instead redirects you to Microsoft Edge, forcing you to open the website in the new and improved browser only. This is one of the biggest steps that Microsoft has taken towards killing IE forever.
According to several reports, users trying to access certain websites on Internet Explorer will be forced to open them on the new Edge browser instead. Those who do not have the new browser installed will be pushed to install the browser. And the revamped Edge browser will display a pop-up asking, prompting the user to set their default browser to Edge.
Microsoft has had already shared the benefits of being on its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. The company has been promoting the new features and announcing the plus points that one gets over the older IE. But there are still many users who are stick to the older and less fancy browser.
Microsoft updated its Docs blog two weeks back, stating the reason behind the redirection from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge. Microsoft explains this is for the compatibility with modern web sites. It further explains that many modern websites have designs that are incompatible with Internet Explorer so whenever a user visits them, they will be redirected to a browser option that could support and render them better. This new IE-to-Edge replacement will completely take place with the release of Edge 87.
Microsoft has also revealed that it has maintained a list of all sites that are known to be incompatible with Internet Explorer. According to BleepingComputer, the list currently contains 1,156 sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, ESPN, Yahoo Mail, and many others.
Users can also import their Favorites, Passwords, Search engines, open tabs, History, settings, cookies, and the Home Page when using the new Microsoft Edge.