A Website That Works in Microsoft Edge, but Not in Safari or Internet Explorer


Among my many character flaws, I am an unapologetic font addict. One of my favorite T-shirts reads:

Whoever dies with the most fonts, wins.

Figure 1 shows my font menu in Microsoft Word on my home iMac®, so you can see that I’m well on my way to winning.

Microsoft Edge

Figure 1_My Font menu in Word 2016 for Mac

Because of this addiction, I was quite intrigued when I heard about a new font-technology demo that works in Microsoft Edge, but not in either Safari or Internet Explorer. As you can see in Figure 2, this technology does not work in Safari* or IE.

Microsoft Edge

Figure 2_Safari and IE

However, it works beautifully in Microsoft Edge as shown in this video:

You can easily move from viewing a site in Safari to IE if you use the “Open in IE” button that Parallels Desktop® for Mac users can add to the Safari toolbar (see Figure 3).

Microsoft Edge

Figure 3_Open in IE button in Safari

In Video 1, you can see how well this button works. For those rare sites that only work in Microsoft Edge, you can manually copy the URL, as I did in the video.

The “Open in IE” button is not enabled by default. You enable it in the VM configuration dialog (Figure 4).

Microsoft Edge

Figure 4_Installing the Open in IE plugin in Safari

What do you think: Would you like to see the “Open in IE” button changed to an “Open in Edge” button in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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*Since this blog post was written, I had the opportunity to test the Variable Fonts website in a new build of Safari (version 11.0.3, build 13604.5.6 on macOS High Sierra, as opposed to version 11.0.3, build 12604. on macOS Sierra). The Variable Fonts site works in this new build.

Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team: http://www.naginata.org.

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