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Cloud Site List Management experience for IE mode in Microsoft Edge now generally available


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Nov 29, 2020
With a little over 6 months left until the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application retires on June 15, 2022, customers around the world like you are making the transition from the legacy IE11 browser to the more modern and secure Microsoft Edge browser with Internet Explorer (IE) mode. Microsoft Edge gives your organizations—and importantly, your users—a dual engine advantage that supports both legacy and modern websites. In fact, Microsoft Edge is the only browser that offers built-in support for legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications.

To help with the transition—and to help manage IE mode moving forward—we’ve been hard at work on new ways to simplify IE mode management. To that end, we are excited to announce that the Cloud Site List Management experience has moved out of preview and is now generally available for all customers.

Image of how to access the Cloud Site List Management experience by selecting Microsoft Edge site lists in the M365 admin center.

The new Cloud Site List Management experience lets customers host their enterprise site lists in an authenticated cloud endpoint through the Microsoft 365 admin center instead of relying on on-premises infrastructure. Customers can create, import, and export site lists in the experience, as well as audit changes to site list entries. For even more flexibility, the experience also lets customers publish multiple site lists which they can assign to different groups of devices. To get started with the Cloud Site List Management experience, visit the Org settings page, then select Microsoft Edge site lists.

To celebrate its general availability, we’ve partnered with the Microsoft Mechanics team and resident IT whiz Jeremy Chapman to break down the new Cloud Site List Management experience and teach customers how easy it is to host their own enterprise site lists in the cloud for IE mode in Microsoft Edge. You can watch the video at the top of the page or view it here, and if you’re looking for technical documentation, we’ve compiled detailed steps on our Docs page. Start managing your site lists from the cloud today!

The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 11 is in Microsoft Edge with IE mode. If you haven’t started transitioning to Microsoft Edge and setting up IE mode, we recommend starting today. The first step to set up IE mode is to understand if your organization has legacy dependencies (ie. your organization has needed to use an IE browser to access specific sites and apps in the past). Running Site Discovery can help you uncover those sites for your organization. You can read about this process here or use the Configure IE mode guided experience in the Microsoft 365 admin center1.

To learn more about the IE11 desktop application retirement on June 15, 2022, or about IE mode in Microsoft Edge, check out our website. There you’ll find guides, blogs, customer stories, and more—you can even sign up for one of our webinars to hear directly from us and get your questions answered. And this is only the beginning for the Cloud Site List Management experience—we have more improvements on the way, so look out for more updates coming over the next months.

1 Subscription and proper access required.

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Granted I am not a web designer, I have attended a couple of recent college courses in HTML 5.
Sooo my take on this is Microsoft is reluctantly abandoning Flash, Active X (a complete security abortion), and the other quirks of the IE rendering engine for a HTML 5 compliant browser and more or less admitting their past sins.
This is 2021 and after all the hits IE has taken via Active X, Acrobat and Flash it's nice to see that they finally sheepishly acknowledge it. Now I see why they had issued the anti-Chrome rhetoric lately, not that Chrome didn't earn some of it.
Anyway ,thanks Microsoft for providing some comic relief during these tough times.