Deploy and manage the new Chromium Edge with Intune!
If you haven’t had a chance to use the new Edge, you’re really missing out. Other than being Microsoft’s browser strategy going forward (a good enough reason to try it out), it has a ton of great features like AAD Account integration, PDF markup, ARM support, etc. And it already has enterprise management capabilities! Let’s take a look.
Over in the new Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center, click on Apps > All Apps > +Add:
And you’ll see that Edge has its own category now:
Select Windows 10 (preview) under Microsoft Edge. Under the App information, I wrote the platform in the title (since you can also deploy to MacOS). I also selected the Beta channel under App settings.
Click add and you’re done! I’ll also go ahead and assign it to my Intune Users group as required.
Perfect! So what about managing configuration for the new Edge?
On the left hand side, click Devices > Configuration profiles > + Create profile.
Select Windows 10 and later and Administrative Templates. I’ve named my profile Windows 10 – Administrative Templates – Edge.
And then in the dropdown, you’ll notice that Edge has it’s own category again! Select Edge version 77 and later.
And here we have 17 pages of settings. I went ahead and enabled 4 policies: Configure Internet Explorer integration (which we should be using the Enterprise Mode IE website list with, but you can also send all intranet sites to IE), Send all intranet sites to Internet Explorer, Configure Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, and Configure Microsoft Defender SmartScreen for Trusted Downloads.
And once I’ve configured the settings I’ll go ahead and assign it to my Intune users group.
Quick note – if you run into issues, double check if your Windows version requires a KB to apply ADMX templates:
Great! Now on a (newly provisioned) virtual machine, let’s take a look at those settings:
Once you open Edge, it prompts to sync the AAD account you’re logged in to Windows with:
Then if you click the …, you’ll notice Managed by your organization at the bottom. The policies have synced!
If you click that option, you’ll be presented with a blurb on Edge management, and can dig in a bit deeper to see which policies are applied.
Now we’ve deployed and managed the new Edge. The user experience is great and the Enterprise management capabilities are all there. Happy deploying!