Microsoft Edge is getting an Internet Explorer mode

And there are some new privacy and research tools coming, too.

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There are some big changes ahead for Microsoft's Edge browser. In December, the company announced that it'll be moving over to Chromium, the open source project that powers Google's Chrome. But that's not all: Microsoft announced today that the next version of Edge will come with an Internet Explorer mode, allowing you to run older websites that don't support modern browser tech. That probably won't mean much to most consumers, but it's a boon for corporate users and their IT departments, as they're often stuck using aging web apps.

Additionally, Microsoft is adding three levels of privacy control to the browser: Unrestricted, balanced and strict. They're all pretty self-explanatory -- the company says it'll affect how companies can track your activity across the web. That'll be a good option for anyone looking for a bit more security without only using a restricted "InPrivate window."

Edge Collections

Edge is also getting an upgrade for one of its more innovative features: the ability to quickly set aside, and re-load, a window full of tabs. "Collections" will let you share those pages with others, as well as export them for safekeeping. It can create a new Word document, complete with the proper source references, or compile a list of links into an Excel spreadsheet. Collections could be a useful tool for students and researchers (not to mention reporters), who often have to juggle dozens of tabs at once.

Microsoft hasn't announced a release date for its Chromium-powered Edge release, but based on the company's history, I'd bet on it landing with the fall Windows update. And if you want to test it out now, you can snag a preview on the Edge insider site.

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