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What is the difference between the Microsoft Edge browser and the Internet Explorer 11 browser?

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The Microsoft® Edge browser and the Internet Explorer® 11 browser are the two different pre-installed browsers in the Microsoft Windows® 10 operating system.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser designed to browse the modern web with new features like Reading View, Web Notes, Sharing and Cortana integration.

NOTE: This is an image of the Microsoft Edge icon.

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The Internet Explorer 11 browser is for compatibility and legacy web sites that provides a consistent, reliable browser platform to support enterprise intranet sites and web apps. It offers the security, performance, backward compatibility, and modern standards support that complex web app portfolios need.