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New Microsoft Edge Group Policies and MDM settings


Windows Insider Build 17718, which will most probably be released later today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) will add new Microsoft Edge group policies and MDM settings. These new policies allow IT admins to enable or disable full screen mode in Edge, its printing and favorites bars, just to mention a few new settings.

All new Edge settings can be found in the Group Policy Editor at Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge. Quoting Microsoft, here’s a list of these new policies:

  • Allow fullscreen mode
  • Allow Microsoft Edge to start and load the Start and New Tab page at Windows startup and each time Microsoft Edge is closed
  • Allow Prelaunch
  • Allow printing
  • Allow Saving History
  • Allow sideloading of Extensions
  • Configure collection of browsing data for Microsoft 365 Analytics
  • Configure Favorites Bar
  • Configure Home Button
  • Configure kiosk mode
  • Configure kiosk reset after idle timeout
  • Configure Open Microsoft Edge With
  • Prevent certificate error overrides
  • Prevent turning off required extensions
  • Prevent users from turning on browser syncing
  • Set Home button URL
  • Set New Tab page URL
  • Show message when opening sites in Internet Explorer
  • Unlock Home button

 

The Configure Favorites policy will be deprecated because it can’t be used in MDM. Admins should configure the Provision Favorites policy instead.

To align MDM policies with Group Polices, the following MDM policies will be added in build 17718:

  • Experience/DoNotSyncBrowserSetting
  • Browser/AllowWebContentOnNewTabPage

 

Administrative Templates (.admx) for new policies will also be available.

As I have said in several posts here on Win10.guru, in my opinion all IT admins should join the Windows Insider Program for Business. These new policies just add one more good reason to do so, to be able to see them in action and start testing before you need to deploy them in a production environment.

Read more on this topic at Microsoft Docs: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/deploy/new-policies

Kari

EDIT:

Apparently I was wrong, too optimistic. No new builds this week.

Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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