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Microsoft’s IE11 doesn't work well with Google or Outlook

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Mon Oct 21 2013, 17:04
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STANDARDS HIJACKER Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) isn't doing much to help people explore and is preventing users from viewing properly rendered Google webpages, as well as Microsoft's own Outlook webmail application.

In a note on the Google support pages an IE11 user asks for some assistance from Google that isn't a recommendation for an alternative software package.

"I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1, and I am having an issue with Google Search in Internet Explorer 11: it loads in legacy mode," wrote the poster. "Could Google look into this issue? Also, please don't ask me to use Chrome, since IE users are just as important as Chrome users."

Microsoft is aware of the issue, and according to a report at The Next Web it tried to claim that this is all Google's fault.

"It appears Google made some changes to its search engine that temporarily impacted the way search results rendered for some browsers," a spokesperson responded.

"We have already made the necessary adjustments to ensure customers using Internet Explorer are not impacted."

We have asked Google what it thinks about this, and hope to find out whether it will say if or what changes it might have made.

A workaround that seems to work for users that have tried it, has been posted underneath. It suggests that users click on Tools and uncheck the "Use Microsoft Compatibility lists" option.

Another IE11 issue with the Outlook webmail application has also popped up, according to reports, but Microsoft has offered a way around that since this summer. µ


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