MC486729 – [UPDATE] New details on IE11 desktop application permanent disablement scheduled for February 14, 2023 (archived)

Microsoft Edge

check before: 2022-12-30


Microsoft 365 suite, Microsoft Edge, Windows


Web, Windows Desktop, World tenant


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User impact, Admin impact, Retirement



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, not a Windows update as previously communicated. All remaining devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge are scheduled to be redirected with the Microsoft Edge update scheduled for February 14, 2023. 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. Therefore, if your organization still has dependencies on IE11, you must take steps now to complete your transition before February 14, 2023, or risk business disruption at scale when users lose access to IE11-dependent applications. As a reminder, IE11 has been out of support since June 15, 2022.
The change to use Microsoft Edge update to disable IE is intended to provide a better user experience and help organizations transition their last remaining IE11 users to Microsoft Edge. Users will see a dialogue box when they are transitioned to Microsoft Edge. When they try to click any IE11 icons or other entry points, they will be redirected to Microsoft Edge. Users’ browsing data will be automatically brought over to Microsoft Edge from IE11 so they can seamlessly continue browsing.
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. They will also be removed by the non-security preview “C” release on certain Windows 10 versions scheduled for May 23, 2023.
[When this will happen:]
All in-scope devices are scheduled to be permanently redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge on February 14, 2023, through a Microsoft Edge update
The Windows update that removes visual references to IE11 is scheduled to be available in the following releases:
May non-security preview (“C”) release scheduled for May 23, 2023
June security (“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

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