Certain sites won’t open in Internet Explorer by force using Edge

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 8:08 GMT

In favour of the latest Edge on the Chromium engine, Microsoft developers continue to phase out support for the Internet Explorer browser, which market share has not reached 5 percent for a long time. For eg, the company said that more than 1000 pages in Internet Explorer will soon be unable to open anymore: they will be immediately diverted to the Edge browser.

Since launching Edge 84 this summer, the developers have introduced and are testing this feature for certain Windows users. But soon, Microsoft plans to allow forced IE-to-Edge redirection for all users, with the release of Edge 87 scheduled for next month.

There are now 1,156 names on the list of non-IE-compatible pages, and you can see them here. These include ESPN, StackOverflow, Yahoo Messenger, Twitter , Youtube , Instagram, VK, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, and so on.

The new functionality was introduced by the ie to edge bho.dll file, which was added last summer to the Edge installations and is a Browser Helper Object (BHO), basically a plugin for the browser. In the following places, the file was installed:

  1. C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Edge\Application[Version]\BHO\Application\Program Files\Application\
  2. C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application[Version]\BHO\Microsoft\Edge\Application

    Even though the BHO file is stored in the Edge folder, any time the user launches IE, it is loaded within IE with a registry key. Regardless of whether he follows the connection or enters the UR in the address bar, BHO keeps track of which places the user is attempting to reach.

    As a consequence, IE users will not be able to load pages from the above list beginning next month: pages will launch in a new Edge window automatically. In turn, inside IE, a special page will open to illustrate why this tab will not load the web.

If they require IE-to-Edge features using Company Policy, Corporate customers would be able to determine individually. You can disable forced redirection to another browser, if needed, or monitor certain aspects of its actions at least.

It also underlines that only systems where Edge and IE are mounted at the same time are available for creativity. There is no need to think about compulsory redirects for administrators who operate very old computers with only IE on board.