Access Forms: Edge Web Browser Control

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According to this link, I ought to be able to use an Edge Web Browser Control inside an Access form:


Unfortunately I am only given the option of a bog standard Internet Explorer browser, not Edge. reports IE11 (IE7 Compatability View)


I'm a 365 subscriber running Access 2104 (Build 13929.20386 Click-to-Run) and Edge 90.0.818.62 (Official build) (64-bit).


Any ideas?

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Interesting that an official MS article states the Edge browser control is already available.
Unfortunately this isn't yet the case.
It was originally slated for Dec 2020, then the date was revised to Aug 2021, See Access roadmap 

However, according to the MS Access development team at DevCon 2021, it is now unlikely that the Edge browser control will be available before the end of 2021

Top reply, I wasn't aware of the roadmap thank you @isladogs 

You're welcome. Treat the slated dates as 'elastic'
Their current priority is the Dataverse connector and everything else has been pushed back as a result. It may or may not help that the Access Team leader recently left and the replacement hasn't yet been announced
Well, hopefully the edge webbrowser control is to be released in autumn this year, it is crucial and not easy to find more and more website blocking the IE-Version

@Lovicevic Will the current Webbrowser component work even after internet explorer is retired? Is it safe to continue using WebBrowser component in MS access application?  My org wanted me to research on the danger of continuing with this component. 

The answer is both Yes ,..and No
See this parallel thread IE11 retirement - What does this mean for MS Access Apps? 

It will work as much as IE is supported by a webpage hoster. Youtube just stopped to let you play videos a few weeks ago, and replaced it by a blocker page (it used to run videos ad-free). However, I dont do critical stuff via webbrowser control (e.g. online-banking), just kind of data mining or automated information requests from well-known service providers, so my personal risk is low and I would not provide access-applications with the outdated webbrowser-control to my clients.
It's hard to predict what is going to happen. As Colin knows, recently the ability to display PowerBI reports in the web browser control was broken. Yes, I've tried all of the suggestions about registry settings, etc. to restore that; all to no avail. It's been reported to MS, but the continual slide in the delivery date for an updated Web browser control is not promising.

@George HepworthI fully agree, it is somehow clumsy if you introduce a new browser and keep some attached tools unchanged over years, knowing that some hungry crowd is waiting ...

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If found this in one of my clients' databases :)

My main issues of concern right now are:
1. The URL limit in IE is just 2083 characters whereas in Chrome / Edge, its at least 64,000 characters. The low limit in the IE web browser makes it difficult to load maps with several layers.
2. The Google JavaScript API no longer works with IE & has stopped one of my mapping apps working.