What’s in the latest Edge update? Automatic IE redirection and custom content on the new tab page

Microsoft last week released Edge 87, debuting automatic IE-to-Edge redirection of specific sites and beefing up the new tab page with customizable feeds which display business-related content.

The Redmond, Wash. company also patched at least 19 security vulnerabilities, the most serious marked as “High,” the second level in a four-step ranking system. (Google’s Chrome 87, which like Edge was built on the open-source Chromium project, included fixes for 33 flaws when it was released Nov. 17.)

Although Edge will update automatically in the background, to force an upgrade, select “About Microsoft Edge” from the Help and Feedback menu under the ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab shows that the browser has been updated or displays the download process before presenting a “Restart” button. People new to Edge can manually download version 87 for Windows or macOS. The Linux version is available in Dev Channel form from the Insider website, while the Android and iOS browsers can be found in the Google Play and App Store markets, respectively.

Microsoft updates Edge about every six weeks, typically a day or two after Google refreshes Chrome to the same version number. The previous Edge upgrade was released Oct. 8.

Weaning enterprises off IE

As Microsoft announced last month, Edge 87 will be the final destination of hundreds of URLs users attempt to open in Internet Explorer (IE). Rather than let IE render those website, Microsoft will automatically close the tab in IE and then display a message asserting that the site doesn’t work in the aged legacy browser. At that point, the same URL will be opened in an Edge tab and the user will be prompted to make Edge the default browser from a banner beneath the address field.

More information about the IE-to-Edge redirection can be found here.

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