Microsoft is to provide enterprise customers with new management capabilities for the Edge browser in Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update release of the platform coming this summer.
Windows 10 was released last year, and Microsoft offered the ability for IT administrators to centrally manage some of the settings associated with the Edge browser that also debuted in the platform, using Group Policy settings in Active Directory.
These capabilities will be expanded with the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, also known by its codename Redstone, the next major upgrade to the platform which will hit general release roughly a year after the initial availability of Windows 10.
The new options provide administrators with control over a handful of extra settings, including the ability to allow users to add browser extensions in Edge, set the configuration of WebRTC media port ranges, display a transitional message when opening Internet Explorer sites, and allow access to the about:flags page in Edge.
Microsoft added the ability for Edge to support extensions earlier this year, and the new policy setting enables admins to allow or disallow this capability. Likewise, about:flags is a hidden settings page that allows users to enable or disable experimental browser features that Microsoft is developing.
The transitional message will display if the user tries to access a site identified as best viewed in Internet Explorer 11 for compatibility reasons.
There have also been some updates to existing policies based on feedback from enterprise customers, according to Microsoft.
"First, all of the Microsoft Edge Group Policy settings on desktop are now available in both the User and Machine policy hives. Second, the home page policy configured on a domain-joined device will no longer allow the user to override the setting," said the authors of a post detailing the changes on the Microsoft Edge Dev blog.
IT professionals can find further details on all Microsoft Edge policies on TechNet, including info about Windows 10 policies that also apply to Microsoft Edge, such as Cortana and Sync settings, the firm said.
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