24 May 2019
Microsoft at Build 2019 made many announcements and as you might have guessed, a couple of them was made around the Edge browser. A new mode called the Internet Explorer (IE) Mode has been announced that will help the businesses transition from Internet Explorer to the new browser. Microsoft addresses the issue which happens with big organizations while they transition and how IE Mode will help the people working in this sector. Companies are often reluctant to upgrade their technology in fear of facing compatibility issues. So IE Mode will come as a bridge that helps in making the transition easy.
This model integrates Internet Explorer directly into Edge via a tab, so legacy apps will continue to be in use, even after they make the switch. So, the team at IT staff may not need to manage multiple solutions. For instance, intranet sites will be opened in Edge without the need to change any settings or launch a different browser.
Other upcoming features include Collections, which uses cloud-powered intelligence allows users to gather tabs from the web than organize them.
For instance, if you’re shopping a new smartphone, you can collect relevant information like reviews, prices, comparisons from your favorite websites and then export it directly into a Word document.
A new privacy dashboard is also coming which helps in managing third-party tracking. It will include three levels – Unrestricted, Balanced, and Strict. Based on your choice, Edge will adjust how third parties can track you across the web. For instance, choosing Strict will enable limited visibility into web habits.
The new features will start to roll out in Dev and Canary channel builds in coming weeks.
Microsoft also teased Edge running on macOS, though not on the stage. Microsoft released a YouTube video during the Build 2019 conference. This means a macOS version of the new Chromium-based Edge will soon be released. It was speculated last month that Microsoft may be in works to deliver the macOS supported Edge browser and now it has officially been teased.
According to The Verge, this version "will be available very soon, and Mac users should be able to access both the Canary and Dev builds of Edge just like Windows."