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Microsoft hobbled Internet Explorer to push Edge: Here’s how to fix it

Internet Explorer is a browser that lives on borrowed time. Microsoft has initiated plans to move users from the old Internet access point in favor of the latest Microsoft Edge application. The latest version of the Edge 87 browser showed Microsoft’s latest push to move from IE to the latest browser: blocking the biggest sites.

As of November 2020, this system will be active in force for everyone using the latest version of Internet Explorer. If you plan to visit any of the following lists of sites in Internet Explorer on your Windows desktop machine, you will be redirected.

Sites broken in IE from November 2020:
• Youtube
• Zynga Poker
• VK (Russian social network)
• Facebook
• Instagram
• Twitter
• Typing.com
• Tylenol.com
• Smugmug
• Redbull.com
• Quizlet
• Promo.com
• POGO
• Pioneer
• Google Play, Drive, DUO, Earth, One
• Microsoft Teams
• Socialdistancing.wtf (very strange)
• Spectrum.net
• TradingView
• UberConference
• Utah.gov

You will also find over 1,000 blocked sites in addition to the list above. The most recent list can be found in Microsoft “Need Edge” V1. This is a list that is called whenever an Internet Explorer user visits any web page. If the web page is on the list, users will be redirected to the Microsoft Edge support page.

Within that page, you will see a note that suggests that “you have been redirected to Microsoft Edge, where you can continue browsing without interruption”. Microsoft also notes that “if you find a website that needs Internet Explorer, you can load it in Internet Explorer mode without ever leaving Microsoft Edge.”

VIA ZDNet, we took a look at some support documentation “Redirect Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge” that appeared in the last few days. On this page, we see Microsoft bracing itself for the inevitable complaints from system administrators and Internet Explorer old school fans. On this page is a method to disable redirection to Microsoft Edge, God help you.

The exchange takes place in Microsoft Edge Stable version 87, where the “Redirect Internet Explorer sites” system becomes active for everyone. If you want to disable this system, you will need to open Microsoft Edge and paste the following address: edge: // settings / defaultbrowser. You will need to copy and paste this URL into Edge or just go to Settings: Default browser.

There you will see the policy you need to edit. If you disable the policy on this page, “incompatible sites are not redirected to Microsoft Edge” from that point on. Or at least until (or if) Microsoft enforces the policy for all users.

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