Legacy Browser Support (LBS) for Chrome, Internet Explorer

Legacy Browser Support (LBS) is a feature that automatically redirects legacy web-applications and websites to legacy browsers (like Internet explorer), even when accessed using modern browsers. In enterprises, IT admins can use Chrome LBS to make sure users do not experience breaks in their legacy web applications.

Need for Legacy Browser Support

We live in a world that's constantly seeking change and this holds true for technology as well. Over the past 30 years, our browsers have been through a number of changes from using plugins to render basic webpages to later condemning these same plugins due to vulnerabilities associated with them. The browsers we use today are modern browsers and these are much simpler and safer to use. But far too often, enterprises fail to update web applications to make them compatible for the new browsers. When users open these outdated web applications in modern browsers, they won't get to experience the complete functionality of the web application. Which means, in order to experience these applications as intended, they're stuck using old legacy browsers. Legacy Browser Support is a feature that will automatically redirect websites from modern browser to a legacy browser when required.

Legacy browser support?

Legacy browser support refers to the feature that helps users render websites that depend on deprecated plug-ins in legacy browsers that still support such plug-ins. With legacy browser support, such websites can be redirected to legacy browsers, even when users open them in modern browsers like Chrome.

So, how do we detect outdated web applications in our organization? And if we already know which applications are outdated, how do we ensure that these applications are opened with legacy browsers?

Benefits of Browser Security Plus' Legacy Browser Support.

Browser Security Plus offers Legacy Browser Support (LBS) with its Browser Router feature. IT admins can define the websites they want redirected and can also choose which browser they want to maintain as the destination browser. Based on the defined websites and destination browser, websites will be rendered in their stipulated browsers.

Facilitate smooth transitioning to Windows 10.

Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge as the default browser while the older versions use Internet Explorer. Transitioning to Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer comes with a hiccup: Web applications and websites that use legacy technology might break when opened using Edge. While Edge comes with Windows Defender Application Guard, more well-rounded malware protection, Internet Explorer is still very much necessary to open your organization's legacy web applications.

Browser Security Plus' Browser Router helps you enjoy the best of both worlds by redirecting only those websites in need of legacy browser support to Internet Explorer, while opening all other websites in Edge.

Detect out-of-date applications in your organization.

Discover the various web applications used in your organization that are out of date. Add these discovered web applications to a Chrome LBS policy and deploy the policy to the computers in your network. Now, when a web application from the entered list is opened in a modern browser, it will automatically redirect the user to a legacy browser.

Reduce the number of help desk calls.

Policy creation and deployment is a simple, two-step process that renders web applications in Internet Explorer, even when the user opens the web application with Google Chrome. This reduces help desk calls from users regarding broken pages in web applications.

Reduce your workload with intranet routing.

Usually, intranet web applications are the oldest running applications in an organization. Some intranet applications are as old as the organization itself. If your organization uses a large number of intranet applications, adding each into a policy one by one would be monotonous and time-consuming.


What is leagcy browser ?

A legacy browser is an older web browser that is no longer receiving regular updates and may not function properly with modern websites.

In simpler terms, it's an out-of-date web browser that struggles to display newer websites correctly.

What is a Chrome legacy window?

In organizations it's a special mode within Chrome designed to display older websites that might not function properly with the standard Chrome browser. This allows you to access these critical business applications while keeping the security benefits of Chrome.

Why should you use ManageEngine Browser Security Plus for Chrome LBS?

ManageEngine Browser Security Plus helps organizations manage Chrome Legacy Browser Support (LBS) centrally, ensuring compatibility for older apps while potentially improving security within Legacy mode.