Microsoft to permanently disable Internet Explorer through new Edge update

Microsoft is going to kill the out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop web browser. The company will release an Edge update to permanently disable Internet Explorer on certain versions of Windows 10.

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Internet Explorer has been officially retired since June 15, 2022, and replaced by Microsoft Edge

In a Tech Community post, Microsoft outlined what would happen to specific versions of Windows. It said that the affected systems will receive a Microsoft Edge update which would disable Internet Explorer permanently.

Update: The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled through a Microsoft Edge update on certain versions of Windows 10 on February 14, 2023. 

IE11 visual references, such as the IE11 icons on the Start Menu and taskbar, will be removed by the June 2023 Windows security update (“B” release) scheduled for June 13, 2023.

We highly recommend setting up IE mode in Microsoft Edge and disabling IE11 prior to this date to ensure your organization does not experience business disruption. “Learn how >

However, Windows 10 LTSC and Windows Server won’t be impacted by the change.

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In June 2022, Internet Explorer was replaced by Edge and was officially retired for several years, so general users most likely have been using a different browser for a while ago. Although some organizations rely on Internet Explorer for web applications, IE Mode on Microsoft Edge should fill that gap.

Microsoft has heavily invested in its Edge browser, including releasing a version built on Chromium to be compatible with most websites. The company is also rolling out a new version of Edge with AI features.

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