Monday, November 17, 2014

About The Enterprise Mode In IE 11 On Windows 7 And Windows 8

Moving from one OS to a new one always creates many problems. Many of the XP users are facing such problems as they are migrating from the 13-year old OS to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Such users may refer to some of the OmniTech guides and articles posted on the site to help them with the transition.

Running enterprise applications that require IE 8 on Windows 7 or Windows 8

One of the problems reported by some enterprise organisations, which recently made the upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, was that they were not able to run some of the old enterprise applications in their new systems. According to Microsoft, many such applications are designed to run using the Internet Explorer 8 technologies. And, since Windows 7 or Windows 8 uses the latest IE 11 browser, these old applications might not work in these operating systems.

Apparently, Microsoft did come up with a solution for this problem. They are calling it the ‘Enterprise Mode for IE11’. Simply put, you can run IE 11 in the Enterprise mode to imitate many aspects of the IE 8 browser. This provides the software applications mentioned above an IE 8 browser environment to function without any problems. This way, the enterprise organisations can continue to use the same old software applications in the latest Microsoft operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8.

However, Microsoft admits that this might not work always and there could be some errors and problems when running a software application like this in the enterprise mode in a new Windows OS system. In other words, this should be seen as a temporary measure and you need to upgrade the software application to its latest version that will run in the latest browsers and operating systems.

For the time being, you can use this Enterprise mode or OS virtualization software for using old software applications designed for XP. As discussed in some of the OmniTech guides posted here, using OS virtualization software is one of the best ways to use old XP applications in Windows 7 or Windows 8. It creates a virtual XP OS environment within the new Windows OS and in this virtual OS, you can run all your old XP applications without worrying about any compatibility problems.

You may contact the OmniTech Support personnel if you have any doubts about setting this up in your system.

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