Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer

With the release of Windows 8.1 Update, enterprises have a new tool at their disposal for addressing issues with older web sites.  This new feature, called Enterprise Mode IE, effectively enables IE 11 to run web pages that otherwise would only work in IE 8. 

And this isn’t just for Windows 8.1 – you can get the same functionality on Windows 7 by installing the latest IE 11 cumulative update (e.g. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42463 or http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42471).  So even if you aren’t planning on deploying Windows 8.1, you can still use this to fix your browser issues with Windows 7 SP1.

I’ve been surprised by the number of people at TechEd North America this week who weren’t aware of Enterprise Mode IE.  Fortunately, Fred Pullen did a great session on this and you can watch the video here:


Read more about Enterprise Mode at these links:



Comments (5)
  1. Diego Cotini says:

    IE8 is a nightmare that never ends for any web developer. I hope it will be just the first step to finish it.

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  4. Kevin says:

    This would be an excellent feature to port to Windows 8. I understand the logic (get people to 8.1 if they are on 8) but until big unnamed database companies will support IE 11 (yes even if all their sites are in enterprise mode they don’t support IE 11
    as the browser) we can’t update users to use it!

  5. Joe says:

    From what I see many enterprises are just switching to Chrome to fix IE. The start of the fall of IE was the compatibility button. You shouldn’t need a compatibility button. It should just work.

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