check before: 2023-02-28
Microsoft 365 suite, Microsoft Edge, Windows
Windows Desktop, World tenant
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 today, February 14, 2023, through a Microsoft Edge update. All remaining devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge will be redirected with the Microsoft Edge update. Note, this update will be rolled out over the span of a few days up to a week, as is standard for Microsoft Edge updates (learn more). Redirection from IE11 to Microsoft Edge will be included in all future Microsoft Edge updates and will impact all devices within your organization 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 today, 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.
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 will be permanently redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge through a Microsoft Edge update scheduled for today, February 14, 2023. This update will be rolled out over the span of a few days up to a week, as is standard for Microsoft Edge updates (learn more).
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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