Many businesses have built internal web applications that rely on Internet Explorer 8.  This was perfectly fine for many years as Windows XP was still being supported.  But as end-of-life for XP is only days away they are upgrading their operating systems and web browsers.  To ease the pain of having to rewrite their web applications, Microsoft has introduced a “Enterprise Mode” within IE11 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.  As Microsoft describes it “A modern, up-to-date browser that helps customers extend their existing investments in older Web apps.” Some of the areas targeted by Enterprise Mode include: User agent string differences. Many legacy Web apps use browser detection, not today’s best practice of feature detection. By replicating the original Internet Explorer 8 user agent string, Enterprise Mode works for sites that fail if they can’t recognize IE8 as the browser. ActiveX controls and other binaries. Some ActiveX controls silently ...

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