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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Enterprise Conversations on Internet Explorer Support Changes

We recently announced our plans to change the support status for Internet Explorer. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/07/stay-up-to-date-with-internet-explorer.aspx Since that time, I’ve been talking to a number of customers (at volumes ranging from rational discourse to aggravated yelling). And for those customers who are grumpy – believe me, I get it. I wanted to share broadly some of the…

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The Impact to the Enterprise of Blocking Out of Date ActiveX Controls

The push to get modern continues, and one big piece of news last week was our announcement that we are adding functionality to block really old versions of specific ActiveX controls, particularly Java. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/08/06/internet-explorer-begins-blocking-out-of-date-activex-controls.aspx Now, this isn’t completely revolutionary. In fact, we’re not even the first ones to do it – Java itself currently tells…

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IE11 Enterprise Mode and Compatibility View are Additive, not Exclusive

It’s been a busy couple of months in the world of app compat, so I’ve got a backlog of things to cover. Let’s start with an FAQ that I’ve gotten in nearly every conversation I’ve had about web app compat since April. On April 8, we introduced a feature called Enterprise Mode. This is a…

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Another Chat with Richard on RunAs Radio

For the past several years, I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with Richard Campbell on all kinds of technology related topics. (Heads up: we are nerds.) I’ve always loved talking to Richard, because he talks to a LOT of the world’s finest nerds, and he really cares passionately about learning these things – as a…

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Why Windows 8.1 Sometimes Tells You It Is Windows 8.0

A few years back, I ran some analysis on the shims that were applied to applications (both for commercial applications in sysmain.sdb and for those applications shimmed in our enterprise engagements), and though VirtualRegistry eeked out a victory, if you were to consolidate the version lie shims, they became the clear victor. This, to me,…

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Reporting Sites Which are Incompatible with IE11

With Internet Explorer 11, we invested a lot in improving the overall compatibility of web sites. In my experience, the single biggest change we made was to the user agent string. The IE11 user agent string no longer contains the string MSIE. This has turned out to be terrific for sites which used to black…

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