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Microsoft: Continues Internet Explorer withdrawal process

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Η Microsoft proceeds with the process Internet Explorer, in the context of promoting the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft has suggested to users have been withdrawn from Internet Explorer for years, but 5% still use it as their primary browser.

Now, Microsoft intends to take more drastic measures to remove people from Internet Explorer.

Automatic redirects to Microsoft Edge for incompatibilities websites

When a user visits one site incompatible with Internet Explorer will be automatically redirected to Microsoft Edge to continue browsing.

The list of incompatible sites is managed by Microsoft and currently this list contains 1.156 sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, ESPN, Yahoo Mail and many others.

This redirect is done via one Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO) with the name "IEtoEdge BHO".

The following BHO-related files are located in C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Microsoft \ Edge \ Application \ [Edge_version] \ BHO folder:

  • ie_to_edge_bho.dll
  • ie_to_edge_bho_64.dll
  • ie_to_edge_stub.exe

While browsing, the BHO will check if a site is not compatible with Internet Explorer. If incompatible, BHO will automatically open this site on Microsoft Edge, displaying the message, "This site does not work in Internet Explorer!".

When this alert appears, Microsoft Edge will also ask users to migrate the settings, data and Internet Explorer cookies on Microsoft Edge.


"The following will be inserted data Browser: Favorites, Passwords, Search Engines, Open Tabs, History, Settings, Cookies and Home", Explains Microsoft.

If users do not want to, they can not transfer this data and simply visit the incompatible site in Microsoft Edge.

While browsing, Microsoft Edge will display a banner prompting the user to set the newest browser as the default browser.

Today, Microsoft will introduce new group policy templates that allow users to control this redirect behavior:

  • RedirectSitesFromInternetExplorerPreventBHOInstall: Prevents the installation of "IEtoEdge BHO" in Internet Explorer.
  • RedirectSitesFromInternetExplorerRedirectMode: Enables disabling Internet Explorer redirects to Microsoft Edge.
  • HideInternetExplorerRedirectUXForIncompatibleSitesEnabled: Allows administrators to turn off redirect notifications that appear in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft says this redirect will start with Microsoft Edge 87, which will be released in mid-November.

In addition, Microsoft plans to disable support for Internet Explorer in various services her.

The company has already started informing its corporate customers that from November 13 they will no longer be able to connect to accounts Microsoft via Internet Explorer.

He also said in August that Microsoft Teams would not support Internet Explorer 11 from November 30.

According to Bleeping Computer, the full cessation of support will take place on August 17, 2021.


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