Microsoft redirects Internet Explorer users to Edge for specific websites

Microsoft redirects Internet Explorer users to Microsoft Edge when they try to access websites that are incompatible with the latter. Starting with Microsoft Edge Stable version 87, which is slated to be released next month, users will see a one-time dialog that explains why they are being redirected. Then your data is imported into Edge. Microsoft is also testing a new feature to improve Edge browser startup time. The feature known as Start Boost starts a number of Microsoft Edge processes in the background so that Edge is available faster after it starts.

Users are diverted from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge is part of the company’s plan to phase out Internet Explorer 11. Among the over 1,000 Websites From which users are redirected are popular ones like Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Yahoo Mail, and Hotstar.

After users have given consent to open websites in Microsoft Edge after being redirected, their browser data such as favorites, passwords, search engines, open tabs, history, settings, cookies and the home page from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge are passed on with their preferences.

When a site is redirected from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge, the Internet Explorer tab that was trying to load the site closes if it does not contain any previous content. If it has active tabs it will result in a Microsoft support Page that explains why the site was redirected to Edge. Microsoft found that users can re-use Internet Explorer for compatible websites.

Independent of this, the start boost, the new function that is being tested by Microsoft, is carried out activate Microsoft Edge can launch faster when launched from the system tray, desktop, and the hyperlinks embedded in other applications. This is an optional setting in Microsoft Edge 88.

The Microsoft Teams web application will no longer support Internet Explore by the end of next month, while the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will stop supporting the browser on August 17, 2021.


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