Microsoft Edge 87 Stable is now available with automatic Internet Explorer redirects and more

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 20, 2020
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has released an update for the company's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. Microsoft Edge 87 Stable is already available on the official download website and also as a direct in-browser update.

You can check the installed version by loading edge://settings/help in the browser's address bar. The page runs a check for updates when it is loaded and will download and install newer versions if discovered during the check.

Microsoft Edge 87

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Microsoft Edge 87 is a feature and security update. The new browser version incorporates the latest Chromium project security updates according to Microsoft. The advisory page lists 19 different security vulnerabilities and the highest severity rating of "high", one level below the maximum severity level of "critical".

Microsoft Edge 87 includes several new features, many of which designed for Enterprise and business environments.

All users get the new shopping feature which we have reviewed here. It is a port of the feature of classic Edge and designed to alert users when deals related to the viewed products on certain shopping sites are available.

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Edge displays an icon in the address bar when a coupon is found in the database that it uses. A click opens the lists of coupon codes. Microsoft has not addressed the display usability issue in the stable release, as only two of the coupons are displayed by default. A click on "see more" lists the others, but that involves quite a bit of scrolling because of the design and limited space; this makes it difficult to get an overview of all available coupons.

Other features for all users

  • The highlight function of the PDF document viewer supports keyboard input in the new release.
  • When printing on both sides, users may select to flip on the long side or the short side of a sheet.

Enterprise and business features

Most features are designed for Enterprise and business environments. Starting with Microsoft Edge 87, sites may be redirected from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge automatically if an incompatibility message is displayed by the browser.

Microsoft published a support document that provides additional information, including policies to manage redirects or prevent these in the first place.

Other changes for Enterprise customers:

  • Kiosk mode supports new privacy features to deal with user data, e.g. to delete data on exit or delete downloaded files automatically. This support document provides additional information on Kiosk mode and the new functionality.
  • ClickOnce deployment enabled by default to better align with the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. ClickOnceEnabled's status of "not configured" has ClickOnce enabled now instead of Disabled.
  • Enterprise New Tab Page becomes a daily work dashboard by integrating My Feed on the page: "My Feed brings together information from news providers relevant to your work and industry. This can be further customized to your interest.".
  • TLS Token Binding support for policy-configured sites.

The official release notes page lists new, deprecated and obsoleted policies.

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Microsoft Edge 87 Stable is now available with automatic Internet Explorer redirects and more
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  1. Harro Glööckler said on November 21, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Damn i hate those automatic “this site doesn’t work” redirects…IE is the only browser on my system that still has a Flash plugin and now i can forget browsing old late 90s/early 2000s web archive sites because they apparently don’t work on IE even if they did 2 weeks ago. It would be nice if there was an option to turn that off, but sadly isn’t.

    1. John G. said on November 21, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      Edge Chromium should be able itself to work in compatibility mode instead to open IE redirections. In other words, if something works fine only in IE, just open it on IE and disable redirect in EdgeC. :]

  2. Ander said on November 21, 2020 at 1:54 am

    Shopping? Typical Microsoft, they started to turn Edge into a bloatware.
    I didn’t expect them to do it so soon, I expected them to wait more until more victims switch to this garbage first.

  3. Anonymous said on November 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I have both edge chromium 87 and latest internet explorer on windows 10 20H2. It doesn’t redirect me when I go to or any other blacklisted list it’s supposed to automatic redirect. Does anyone else have this as well?

  4. John G. said on November 20, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    If everything goes fine, Edge would be a better choice than Chrome in a near future: it works really flawlessly and amazing fast (I think that it is faster in some sites indeed than Chrome, for example at least for me the Youtube site seems to load faster all videos and so forth). :]

    1. Anonymous said on November 21, 2020 at 3:38 am

      Goes fine for whom? You? Are you a M$ shareholder or just a fanboy?

      1. John G. said on November 21, 2020 at 2:32 pm

        Edge Chromium works really fine. If something is good, why not to say that is good? In other words, with no aim at all to disccuss with you, there is no reason to be a “shareholder” or a “fanboy” when someone test software and it works fine, and furthermore there is so less reason to include these bad terms in an answer like yours. It’s no polite at all, sorry it’s my opinion. :[

      2. ShintoPlasm said on November 21, 2020 at 9:40 pm

        @John G:

        Agreed with your view. Edge is an excellent browser and MS has been adding lots of nice useful features. I have some concerns about its privacy practices, but can’t deny it’s a very good product which already surpasses Chrome as a good all-round browser.

      3. Anonymous said on November 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

        I don’t agree at all. There is no way to avoid google search, I have tried all search engines and at least in my country nothing comes even close. I don’t see the point being spied twice, both from google and microsoft. Edge doesn’t offer something that different to worth it.

      4. John G. said on November 23, 2020 at 2:18 pm

        In Edge Chromium you can set search engine to Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Google and Ecosia, and also to edit and delete all them (but at least leaving one active I guess). :]

      5. Anonymous said on November 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

        Exactly, why would I want to use a spyware like google search in a spyware browser Edge? Double spying by 2 corps. I personally have no choice as regard google search because Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and Ecosia give so bad results for my personal needs. I can avoid Edge’s spying, it’s not that better to competition to worth giving my data to Microsoft.

      6. Iron Heart said on November 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

        @John G.

        You seem to be oblivious to the fact that “Edge” is more or less just Chromium + a new logo + Microsoft’s botnet.

        How this is supposed to be better than Vivaldi, Ungoogled Chromium, Brave etc. is beyond me.

      7. ShintoPlasm said on November 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

        @Iron Heart: The privacy implications are worth discussing, of course, but as a browser Edge does seem to have some specific Microsoft tweaks that make it feel snappier on my machine. It also offers some extras in the form of better PDF viewing and supporting higher resolutions on Netflix (due to using Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM instead of Widevine).

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