How to use Java in Microsoft Edge

How to use Java in Microsoft Edge

Last updated: January 26, 2019 

The default web browser in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. Since its inception as Project Spartan, Edge has not supported Oracle’s Java plug-in. Although Edge does not support it, Windows 10 does (also see Java support on Windows 10). In fact, Java became certified on Windows 10 when Oracle released┬áJava 8 Update 51 back on July 14, 2015. This was over two weeks before the release of Windows 10. Although no support exists for┬áJava in Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 users can navigate directly from Edge to view Java content.

Of course, content that requires the Java plug-in is being expunged from the internet. Some web browsers include a visual prompt when you encounter Java content with Java disabled or not installed. This is not the case with Microsoft Edge. Edge users who encounter Java content in a web page won’t necessarily see any indication that the content is missing. In essence, Edge users must know Java content is present, but not displaying.

Windows 10 not only includes the Microsoft Edge web browser but includes the Internet Explorer web browser too. The aha! moment — Internet Explorer still supports Java. Microsoft realizes that prohibitive plug-in compatibility issues exist with Edge. Their solution is to bundle Internet Explorer with Windows 10. If you run into Java content in Edge, you must view it Internet Explorer (see links below for Chrome and Firefox).

Jump from Edge to Internet Explorer

When you encounter Java content in Edge, jump from Edge to Internet Explorer by clicking Menu > More tools > Open with Internet Explorer.

Menu More tools Open with Internet Explorer

The same web page you were visiting in Edge will load in a new Internet Explorer window. Under the assumption your computer has Java installed, and Java enabled, the Java content displays in the Internet Explorer window. 

Java verification in Internet Explorer

Edge users can also launch Internet Explorer from the Windows 10 Start button (Programs > Windows Accessories > Internet Explorer).

Also see: Java support on Windows 10

Also see: Java support in Google Chrome

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