Windows 10 App Compat Strategy

I wrote up an article that I’ve been sharing with internal teams, and the feedback I’ve been getting has been that we should share this one more broadly. So, here’s my attempt to do exactly that. This one’s going to be a long one, so settle in… Overview Windows 10 introduces a host of features,…


The Windows 10 Browser Conundrum

One of the most common questions I’ve been seeing from folks who are migrating to Windows 10 is: “How do I go about hiding all references to Edge / removing it entirely / putting Internet Explorer front and center and ensuring that nobody ever finds Edge?” So naturally, I’m not going to answer that question….


Windows 10 App Compat Risk: Are You Behaving Commensurately?

The App Compat Army has had a bit of a break (well, at least I have), but there’s just no holding back the progress of technology (and the fear that this generates)! We’ve done a really terrific job of moving the world forward on the browser, and while a lot of work remains to move…


Should I Enable Enterprise Mode Through the Tools Menu or an XML File?

We are in the final stretch for support for older versions of IE on Windows – January is now right around the corner! We’re seeing customers making great progress, but some are still struggling with the final mile, and we want to understand where things are hard so we can do our best to address…


Data Science Suggests You Upgrade Your Browser to Be More Secure

There’s a lot of activity going on now that we are in the home stretch of trying to get everyone upgraded to the latest version of the browser. For example, we’ve just published a couple of blog articles: Upgrading to a Faster, More Secure Browsing Experience (this one if you’re feeling less nerdy) Continuing to…


Leveraging Internet Explorer Enterprise Tools to More Quickly Upgrade to IE11

As a reminder, to anyone who hasn’t noticed yet, we will be ending support for anything but the latest version of Internet Explorer available for your operating system on January 12, 2016. We’ve been really busy building tools and features to help simplify this, and with four months left, I wanted to take a look…


Updated Version of the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager Released

You may have noticed by now that Enterprise Mode continues to evolve – and as such, the tooling continues to evolve as well. In case you didn’t notice, last week we released a new version of the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager, which has a helpful feature for use with Windows 10: it allows you…


The Case of the Version Check Masquerading as a Feature Check

Got an email asking me to check out a forum application that was “behaving weird” on IE11, while behaving correctly on Chrome and Firefox. I’m always interested in having a look at these things, so I got a link and some repro steps and had a look. The application had a button to add in…


Can the IE Enterprise Mode Site List Replace Compatibility View?

One of the questions I’ve been discussing a lot lately, both internally and with customers, is how to go about disabling the default Compatibility View for the Local Intranet zone. Customers really want to disable this option! But you certainly can’t do that at the expense of compatibility. Why Disable Local Intranet Compatibility View? I’ve…


ActiveX Sprayer: A Real World Adventure with Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer

Before we released Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11, we ran a fairly large pilot program – we targeted 30 customers, and ended up with more than 90. But there’s still always the question – will we have, by chance alone, gotten unlucky and chosen a group of very non-representative customers? So far, however, what…