Edge is Microsoft’s popular cross-platform web browser, which makes handling security and privacy much easier for its users. Microsoft Edge includes new-age consumer features that protect your online data and identity, help you stay organized and save time and give you value back.
Microsoft Edge is especially popular for enterprise use because it gives users more control over their data with transparency into which trackers are blocked while browsing online with tracking prevention.
Windows Single App Mode
Lock devices for single app usage and converts a Windows device into a Kiosk. With Scalefusion, IT admins can set up managed Windows devices in Kiosk mode. But before setting up Kiosk mode, let’s understand two main types of Windows apps:
1. Universal Windows Platform app (UWP app)
These modern applications are built to run on any Windows OS/Platform and they come pre-installed with Windows 10 or are installed from Windows 10 Store. To set the UWP app as a Kiosk app, Windows MDM protocol requires the App-Id of the UWP app. ScaleFusion provides a helper script to extract the app-id for a UWP app.
2. Win32 Application
These traditional Windows applications are installed via an installer package and have a “.exe” that executes on the device. To set a Win32 application, Windows MDM protocol requires the Installed Path of the “.exe” or the Win32 application. This path needs to be copied after installation so that it can be used with Scalefusion.
Prerequisites to Set up Windows Kiosk Mode
Scalefusion kiosk software simplifies transforming Windows computers into kiosk devices. Organizations can configure PCs in kiosk mode to run business-specific applications and websites. With Scalefusion, IT admins can easily manage kiosks for optimal performance and secure them against any kind of misuse or unauthorized access.
Microsoft Edge is a widely used browser on Windows systems. Scalefusion’s management console offers a myriad of settings that allows IT admins to control and provide a safe and secure Microsoft Edge browsing experience to the users. IT admins can also whitelist websites and control specific Edge configurations.
Windows Enterprise or Windows Education Edition (Recommended): Build Number 1709 & above
Windows Professional Edition: Build Number 1809 & above
Confirm if the application you want to use as a Kiosk is a UWP or a Win32 application. Ensure you have one Windows device where the application is installed to set up the Device Profile. You will also need to create a Windows Device Profile on Scalefusion and ensure that Microsoft Edge is installed on all the Windows 10 devices.
Configuring Microsoft Edge Kiosk Mode with Scalefusion
Go to Scalefusion.com and click Login or Start Free Trial. You can sign in to your account using your personal email ID, G-suite or Office 365.
Enroll your Windows devices using IE/Edge Browser through the Scalefusion dashboard. Once done, you will be able to start managing your enrolled devices by configuring device profiles.
On the dashboard, navigate to Device Profiles & Policies > Device Profiles. You can either edit an existing Device Profile or Create a new Windows Profile.
Go to Select Apps and Add User Info. Fill out the user information.
Go to Step 2: Select Apps to configure the applications to be available on the kiosk device. Search for Edge and toggle the option, as shown here.
Click Next to configure StartUp App Settings to set configurations for the app. Remember this is optional.
You can also blacklist select applications or skip the application policy altogether to allow the user to choose applications for use on the device.
Proceed to the next section and select the whitelisted websites that you want to allow on the device. Create a whole list of websites that should be visible in this section by going to the website whitelisting section of the Scalefusion dashboard.
Next, configure the Chrome/Edge browser settings. You have the options to configure the user experience, content search, network, printing and security settings of the Edge browser.
Now, move to the Settings section to configure the single app mode for Windows 10 devices. To run the device as Windows Kiosk Browser, click the Browser Application option. From the drop-down, set it to Edge Browser as shown here.
Enter the URL that you want to open when the Edge browser launches. Enter the Path where Edge is installed on the Windows device. You can also use $device.<custom> if the path is different on each machine.
Furthermore, select if you want to show the navigational keys or hide them.
Scroll down to configure the Edge browser settings when running in a single app mode on Windows 10 devices. You can choose the user account to set the Edge browser in the single app mode. You can enter the primary username or select the Autocreate Kiosk User Account option and select the CSP.
Lastly, click on Create profile to save the changes. This Device Profile will be now available in the Device Profiles section on the dashboard, ready to apply on enrolled devices or device groups.
Once this is done, all your enrolled Windows 10 devices will be set in a single app mode with the Edge browser. End-users can now access only the Edge browser on the selected Windows 10 device.
Microsoft’s Edge browser offers excellent built-in tools that are secure for corporate data security. Configuring Microsoft Edge in kiosk mode with Scalefusion simplifies cumbersome IT tasks and makes large device inventory easier.
Thousands of businesses rely upon Scalefusion for managing their mobile device, desktops, laptops and other endpoints
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