Microsoft plans to disable the company’s Internet Explorer 11 web browser from certain Windows operating systems in February 2023. The company plans to disable Internet Explorer 11 on these systems, so that it can no longer be re-enabled and used by the following.
The February 2023 Cumulative Security Updates will permanently disable Internet Explorer 11 on certain Windows operating systems. The second Patch Day of 2023 will disable the browser on Windows 10 devices.
Internet Explorer 11 can also be used on earlier versions of Windows, but Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will no longer be supported in January 2023. Without these supports, Windows 10 is where Microsoft is focusing its efforts.
The company confirms the decision So website and also in the Microsoft 365 admin center.
The retired and unsupported Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be permanently disabled on some versions of Windows 10 as part of the February 2023 Windows Security (“B”) Update scheduled for release. February 14, 2023. recommend that you configure IE mode in Microsoft Edge and disable IE11 before this date to ensure that your organization does not experience business interruption.
All calls to Internet Explorer 11 will automatically redirect to the Microsoft Edge web browser at this point, according to Microsoft.
Support for Internet Explorer 11 officially ended on June 15, 2022 and the first phase of the retreat began. Internet Explorer 11 remained on the system during this phase, but calls to Internet Explorer were redirected to Microsoft Edge. The second phase would see the uninstallation of Internet Explorer 11 components from the system, but Microsoft has not provided a deadline for this so far.
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 it is installed on. Then, on February 14, 2023, Internet Explorer will be automatically removed as part of February Patch Day. The optional update removes components earlier, but Patch Day updates will remove them for all supported systems.
Microsoft created Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge to provide organizations and individuals with options for loading content that requires Internet Explorer technology. Organizations, in particular, can operate content that requires certain Internet Explorer technologies. IE mode in Edge is designed to load this content.
Removing Internet Explorer 11 will not remove all browser components from the system. Although it can no longer be run, some of its components may still be required by operating system programs.
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