Microsoft has slowly weaned users off their old Internet Explorer browser for a very long time, and even recently used a forced Windows update to install their new Chromium Edge browser on your Windows PC. For the next month, however, Microsoft plans to force your computer to automatically launch 1,156 websites in Edge – when you try to launch an "incompatible" site in IE.
This is the report from ZDNet, which also recorded a video showing how it works:
There are many well-known websites on the list of websites automatically introduced in Edge, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, a number of Google products, Microsoft teams, as well as some banks and other big brands.
According to a Microsoft FAQ, the change will be introduced in Microsoft Edge version 87, which is expected to arrive in the week of November 19th, and Edge will automatically try to migrate your browsing data from IE unless you uncheck a box, as shown below ).
Given that older versions of Internet Explorer have long been a bane of web developers, and even generous estimates suggest that Internet Explorer accounts for no more than 5 percent of today's web traffic, this isn't a particularly frustrating move. Personally, I haven't touched Internet Explorer in years and am glad to hear that this may be less of a security risk.
But I also understand that some people are still using the browser and these people may be confused if their computer suddenly starts Edge instead. This post is for you.