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MemberSeptember 14, 2021 at 9:25 am
\Google will purge the Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on from the Chrome Web Store when Chrome 85 ships in late August. “Legacy Browser Support (LBS) is now built into Chrome, and the old extension is no longer needed,” Google said succinctly.
LBS, whether in extension or inside-Chrome form, was designed so IT admins could deploy Google’s browser but still call up Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) when necessary to, say, render intranet sites or older, written-for-IE apps. LBS wasn’t an emulator but simply a URL director, sending any links on an admin-made list to IE for that browser to open. The add-on debuted in 2013, when Chrome’s share of between 15% and 18% was far below IE’s still-dominant 55%-58%.
Google still plans to automatically remove the LBS extension from all copies of Chrome when v. 86 releases on Oct. 6. At that point, only the built-in LBS will remain.
To call on the baked-in LBS, administrators must use the policies listed here under the Legacy Browser Support heading. The old policies written for the add-on will not work once the extension if removed in October