Microsoft plans to disable the company’s Internet Explorer 11 web browser from some Windows operating systems in February 2023. The company plans to disable Internet Explorer 11 on these systems, so that it cannot be reactivated and used again later.
The cumulative security updates for February 2023 will disable Internet Explorer 11 permanently on some Windows operating systems. The second Patch Day of 2023 will disable the browser on Windows 10 devices.
Internet Explorer 11 can also be used in previous versions of Windows, but Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will go out of support in January 2023. Without these in support, it is Windows 10 that Microsoft is focusing its efforts.
The company confirms the decision on this website and also in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 as part of the February 2023 Windows Security Update (“B”) scheduled for 14 February 2023. we recommend that you configure IE mode in Microsoft Edge and disable IE11 before this date to ensure that your organization does not experience business interruptions.
Any calls to Internet Explorer 11 will be automatically redirected to the Microsoft Edge web browser at this point, according to Microsoft.
Internet Explorer 11 support has officially ended on June 15, 2022 and the first phase of retirement has begun. Internet Explorer 11 remained on the system at that stage, but calls to Internet Explorer were redirected to Microsoft Edge. The second phase will see the uninstallation of Internet Explorer 11 components from the system, but Microsoft has not provided a deadline for this until now.
Microsoft plans to release an optional update for Windows 10 and Windows 11 on January 17, 2023; This optional non-security update will remove Internet Explorer 11 from the Windows machine on which it is installed. Then, on February 14, 2023, Internet Explorer will be automatically removed as part of the February Patch Day. The optional update removes the components first, but the Patch Day updates remove them for all supported systems.
Microsoft created Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge to provide organizations and home users with options to load content that requires Internet Explorer technology. In particular, organizations can operate content that requires certain Internet Explorer technologies. IE Mode in Edge is designed to load that content.
Removing Internet Explorer 11 does not remove all browser components from the system. While it can no longer be executed, some of its components can still be requested by programs on the operating system.
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