A Microsoft Edge update will permanently disable Internet Explorer on February 14, 2023


A large Microsoft Edge logo with an IE logo in it

Microsoft has announced a slight change in its plans to put the final nail in Internet Explorer’s coffin. as per Notice published in the official documentation, Microsoft will use an Edge update to deliver the fix to kill IE instead of Windows Update as originally planned. The software bomb will arrive on February 14, 2023, and it will help organizations ensure a smoother and easier transition from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge.

The software giant says the change will not affect organizations that have already abandoned Internet Explorer in favor of Chromium-based Edge with its IE mode, better compatibility and other improvements. According to Microsoft, those still dependent on Internet Explorer should take action now to avoid business disruption after February 14, 2023, when Microsoft pulls the plug on the old browser.

Removing Internet Explorer from modern versions of Windows won’t happen overnight. Visual references—icons in the Start menu and taskbar—will remain in the operating system until Microsoft releases a non-security update scheduled for May 23, 2023 (optional) and third patch updates for June 2023 (mandatory). IT administrators can speed this up with an IE disable policy.

In case you missed it, Microsoft is on the way to stop supporting the Edge browser on older versions of Windows. The company will stop releasing feature and security updates for Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 in January 2023. Microsoft, Google and other companies recommend that customers update to Windows 10 or 11 to keep their computers safe.


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