Wednesday, August 4

Microsoft forces migration to Edge by blocking Facebook, YouTube, Instagram

If you are still using Internet Explorer, you are going to be surprised the next less. Microsoft wants to put a final stop to its browser and will start redirecting its users to Edge, whether they agree or not.

When we tell you it’s over, it’s over! This is sort of the message Microsoft has been trying to get across for months as it buries Internet Explorer for good. But very slowly, we must admit. The former star navigator of the firm lives his last days before completely disappearing. And it’s not for lack of warning for weeks.

The American firm has gone all out to switch its users to its new Edge browser, which it is enriching more and more: installation in the Windows update, security message, end of security support, etc. . But a few die-hards persist in staying loyal to an aging IE that has given them so many great walks on the web.

Facebook, YouTube and Instagram desert IE

To remedy this problem and force their hand, Microsoft will therefore switch more than a thousand sites to Edge which will now be “incompatible” with IE, explains The Verge. We find in particular YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other Google services, sites of major brands, banks… Highly frequented sites which will no longer be visible in the old browser.

In a video, ZDNet explains how it will work in a month: when launching Internet Explorer to go to the site in question, an error page will be displayed while the Edge browser will open with the site page perfectly displayed.

Still 5% of internet traffic

This change will occur in version 87 of Microsoft Edge, announces the Redmond firm. In this version, Edge will automatically migrate browsing data from IE. This update is scheduled to roll out the week of November 19.

If you really don’t want to part with Internet Explorer through thick and thin, it is possible to keep it: you will only have to uncheck the box that will appear in the migration window, thus preventing Edge from s’ grab your IE data. Courage, you are only 5% of Internet users to perpetuate their memory (to the chagrin of web developers and security!).

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