O Internet Explorer will automatically redirect users to Microsoft Edge if they access a website that is incompatible with the old browser. The change took effect this week with the arrival of the stable version of the Edge 87 and is expected to affect browsing on popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google Drive.
Internet Explorer will open Edge when accessing “prohibited” sites
The change incorporates the list of news from Microsoft Edge 87. When accessing a website that does not work in IE, the user will be presented with the warning “you are browsing Microsoft Edge; this site does not work on Internet Explorer, Microsoft recommends continuing on Microsoft Edge to obtain better speed, performance and security ”and forwarded to the other browser immediately.
The notification also offers an option for users to take browsing data and preferences automatically from IE to Edge, if they choose. In addition, Microsoft informs that the user will be presented with a warning to set the new browser as the default in order to encourage migration and avoid problems accessing the latest websites.
“The need to manually switch to a different browser changes from Edge Stable version 87,” explained Microsoft in late October. “When a user accesses a website that is incompatible with Internet Explorer, they are automatically redirected to Edge.”
Microsoft has a list of more than 1,000 “banned” sites in IE (edge.microsoft.com). Among them are social networks (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), email clients (Yahoo Mail), Google services (Google Drive, Meet, Translator, Play and YouTube) and even Microsoft itself, such as Teams.