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Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser will come with an Internet Explorer mode

By Koh Wanzi - on 7 May 2019, 12:06pm

Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser will come with an Internet Explorer mode

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Big changes are afoot for Microsoft's Edge browser. Last December, the company announced that it would be shifting to Chromium, the open-source web browser project that Google's popular Chrome browser is based on. Today, Microsoft revealed a handful of new features that the next version of Edge will come with, including a dedicated Internet Explorer mode and additional privacy and organizational tools. 

The IE mode is targeted more at enterprises. Microsoft says more than 60 per cent of businesses use multiple browsers today, party because of compatibility issues with legacy apps. By integrating IE directly into the Edge browser via a tab, Microsoft hopes companies will be able to cut down on some of that clutter and run legacy IE-based apps directly in Edge.

The new Edge will also be getting more granular privacy controls that will let users choose from three levels of privacy, namely, Unrestricted, Balanced, and Strict. Depending on which option you pick, Edge will adjust how third parties can track you across the web, so customers have the freedom to decide on the kind of experience they want.

Finally, Microsoft is adding something called Collections, which helps users collect, organize, share, and export content more efficiently. Collections supports Office integration as well, so you'll be able to easily transition from Edge to something like Microsoft Word. 

To cap things off, Microsoft teased an upcoming release for macOS. This will reportedly be available quite soon, and Mac users will then be able to access both the Canary and Dev builds on Edge just like their Windows counterparts.