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Microsoft is pushing its Edge Browser for Windows 10 and even legacy machines recently, but Internet Explorer is still very much a thing. Indeed, the browser is the only option for some older PCs that may not be able to get Windows 10, something that is pretty common in the enterprise world.

Many business customers are sticking to older Windows builds and Microsoft is continuing to support them with a new update for Internet Explorer 11 running on Enterprise versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Among the new additions is support for the v.2 Enterprise Mode XML schema for both Windows 7 and 8.1 (it is already available on Windows 10). Microsoft says the introduction of v.2 of the XML makes the schema easier to read and manage, although the company urges customers to wait until a device specific patch is available before updating.

We encourage customers to migrate their existing site lists using v.1 to leverage v.2. Going forward, new features will only be brought to the v.2 XML schema. Customers should not consider moving to the v.2 XML schema until this patch lands on all of their devices.

In the official blog post to announce the update, Microsoft also introduces an upgrade to the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool, a new about:compat page for both Edge and IE 11, and support for HTTP ports.

The about:compat page in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 give Enterprise users the ability to manage their Enterprise Mode Site List by compiling all features on the client.

You can check out the full details on the changes to Internet Explorer 11 by heading to the official blog post.