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What is Enterprise Mode?

Enterprise Mode, a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices, lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8, avoiding the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer.

Many customers identify web app compatibility as a significant cost to upgrading because web apps need to be tested and upgraded before adopting a new browser. The improved compatibility provided by Enterprise Mode can help give customers confidence to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer. In particular, Internet Explorer 11 lets customers benefit from modern web standards, increased performance, improved security, and better reliability.

Enterprise Mode features

Enterprise Mode includes the following features:

  • Improved web app and website compatibility. Through improved emulation, Enterprise Mode lets many legacy web apps run unmodified on Internet Explorer 11, supporting a number of site patterns that aren’t currently supported by existing document modes.

  • Tool-based management for website lists. Use the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool to add website domains and domain paths and to specify whether a site renders using Enterprise Mode. You can download the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool from the Internet Explorer Download Center.

  • Centralized control. You can specify the websites or web apps to interpret using Enterprise Mode, through an XML file on a website or stored locally. Domains and paths within those domains can be treated differently, allowing granular control. Use Group Policy to let users turn Enterprise Mode on or off from the Tools menu and to decide whether the Enterprise browser profile appears on the Emulation tab of the F12 developer tools.

  • ImportantImportant
    All centrally-made decisions override any locally-made choices.

  • Integrated browsing. When Enterprise Mode is set up, users can browse the web normally, letting the browser change modes automatically to accommodate Enterprise Mode sites.

  • Data gathering. You can configure Enterprise Mode to collect local override data, posting back to a named server. This lets you “crowd source” compatibility testing from key users; gathering their findings to add to your central site list.

Resources

The following topics are available to give you more information about Enterprise Mode and the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool.

 

Topic Description

Set up Enterprise Mode logging and data collection

How to turn on Enterprise Mode logging and how to collect your data.

Turn on Enterprise Mode and use a site list

How to turn on Enterprise Mode, using a site list.

Check for a new Enterprise Mode site list xml file

How Internet Explorer searches for an updated site list.

Turn on local control and logging for Enterprise Mode

How to let your employee’s turn on Enterprise Mode locally and use Enterprise Mode as part of the F12 Emulation tools.

Turn off Enterprise Mode

How to turn off Enterprise Mode.

Fix font rendering problems by turning off natural metrics

How to turn off natural metrics.

Add sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to add websites to your site list.

Add multiple sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using a file and Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to add several websites to your site list at the same time, using a text or XML file and the tool.

Edit the Enterprise Mode site list using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to edit the compatibility mode for specific websites.

Fix validation problems using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool

How to fix common site list validation errors.

Search your Enterprise Mode site list in the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to look to see if a site is already in your global Enterprise Mode site list.

Save your site list to XML in the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to save a site list as XML, so you can deploy and use it with your managed systems.

Export your Enterprise Mode site list from the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to export your site list so you can transfer your data and contents to someone else.

Import your Enterprise Mode site list to the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to import your site list to replace a corrupted or out-of-date list.

Delete sites from your Enterprise Mode site list in the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to delete a website from your site list.

Remove all sites from your Enterprise Mode site list in the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

How to delete all of the websites in a site list.

Fix web compatibility issues using document modes and the Enterprise Mode site list

How to use the <docMode> section of the Enterprise Mode site list.

Collect data using Internet Explorer Site Discovery

How to turn on and use Internet Explorer Site Discovery to collect websites and make more informed decisions about future Internet Explorer deployments.

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