Make Legacy Apps Compatible in Explorer Enterprise Mode

You don’t have to be an IT expert to know that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is a dying breed. Even the average Internet user is beginning to avoid using it. Google Chrome has dominated the market when it comes to browser options, but even Firefox is getting close to the level of Internet Explorer. This is scary, and it should be for Microsoft, which is why it comes as no surprise that the company has attempted to re-invent their browser lineup.

This doesn’t mean that a few changes can’t revolutionize the whole thing though. The past is the past and the future is now – at least if you’re a corporate user in desperate need of a reliable enterprise browser. It’s true, Microsoft is revving things up by offering Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode – a feature that may just trigger a change in Internet Explorer’s usage share in the browser market.


What is Enterprise Mode?

Enterprise mode is not a new browser, it’s a solution.

But for what you say?

It breaks the barrier that exists as a result of legacy apps not being fully compatible with newer Internet Explorer versions.

Basically, older apps are not always compatible with newer versions of Internet Explorer. However, they can be if certain new features are de-activated. An example of this is the tab switching feature that is found in the newer Internet Explorer. This is not a feature that works well with older toolbars as it can create navigation errors. By going into Enterprise Mode, this interference will be removed and the toolbar will be usable without any repercussions.

The great thing is that Enterprise Mode allows users to restrict when these features are turned off. So you may just have to have it turned off for certain websites, then you do not have to completely prohibit yourself from enjoying the newer and otherwise beneficial features.

The Features of Enterprise Mode

There are three main features to note when discussing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode.

Centralized control

You have full reign over which particular websites and applications utilize the Enterprise Mode feature. This can be executed by compiling a list of websites or apps into an XML file, storing a local file, or triggering with a website-based file. In the browser, different approaches can be made in accordance to whether or not the domain or path is a part of a specified domain.

Better compatibility

You have the ability to run various legacy apps on Internet Explorer 11 without any modifications to these apps. With this strengthened emulation technology, the Enterprise Mode feature will also allow you to support various website patterns which were otherwise unsupported with doc-modes in Internet Explorer 11.

Site List Manager Tool

You have the ability of controlling which domains and paths require Enterprise Mode to run. This allows the browser to resort to the modified configurations so that there are no issues with compatibility while browsing the Internet. You can download this tool to add to your Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode.

Why the Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode Is a Legacy Hero

Think about it for a minute. The lack of compatibilities between different versions of Internet Explorer are definitely a big pain. Especially for those that experience them on a regular basis. However, they no longer have to be a concern.

Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode allows Internet Explorer users to integrate different configurations and capability modes while using the same browser. This means that users can view different websites with no difference and then automatically transition into Enterprise Mode whenever it is necessary.

How to Activate and De-Activate Enterprise Mode

Enterprise Mode may not be out in full force yet, but it’s already available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. In fact, it is bundled with the Windows 8.1 update.

Activating and de-activating this mode is very easy. All you have to do is open your Internet Explorer browser, select the ‘Tools’ tab, and select or deselect ‘Enterprise Mode’ to activate or de-activate the feature.

However, there is a short process that you must go through in able to make it possible to activate this feature through the Tools menu.

You can begin this process by clicking both the Windows logo key and the R button. This will open the Run box. From here, enter gpedit.msc and press Enter.

Look at the left side and select the following tabs in the same order: Computer Configuration, Administration Templates, Windows Components, and then Internet Explorer.

Now on the right side there will be an option for letting users activate Enterprise Mode through the Tools menu. You will want to activate this as it is not on by default.

By double clicking on the policy, a new window will open. Now you can select the Enabled option to activate this feature.

Take a good look at the input options for this policy. This is where you can enter details on where reports are gathered on the particular websites that require this compatibility assistance.

Now, make sure when you close out of the window that you hit the Apply and OK buttons. You’re now all set up!