MC496920 – Reminder: The IE11 desktop application will be permanently disablement February 14, 2023 (archived)

Microsoft Edge

check before: 2023-01-26


Microsoft Edge, Windows


Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant


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Admin impact



As previously communicated, the out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 devices on February 14, 2023, through a Microsoft Edge update. Devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge are scheduled to be redirected with the Microsoft Edge update scheduled for this date. This change is intended to provide a better user experience and help organizations transition their last remaining IE11 users to Microsoft Edge.

Organizations that have not transitioned from IE11 to Microsoft Edge with IE mode may face business disruption at scale when the IE11 desktop application is permanently disabled. Details are available in the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement FAQ.

When will this happen:
All in-scope devices are scheduled to be permanently redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge through a Microsoft Edge update currently scheduled February 14, 2023
The Windows update that removes visual references to IE11 is scheduled to be available in the following releases:
May non-security preview release scheduled for May 23, 2023
June security update release (‘B’ release) scheduled for June 13, 2023
Removal of IE11 visual references will be included in all subsequent Windows updates after the May non-security preview release

Similar to how Windows updates work, redirection from IE11 to Microsoft Edge will be included in all future Microsoft Edge updates and will impact all devices within your organization at the same time, with no ability for users to reverse the change.

As a reminder, IE11 has been out of support since June 15, 2022.

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