Microsoft is issuing an update to permanently kill Internet Explorer

On February 14, Valentine’s Day, Microsoft will end its relationship with Internet Explorer 11.

As we told you at the end of last year, Microsoft is putting out a software update that will make Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10 unusable forever. Instead of a Windows update, Microsoft is putting out an update to Microsoft Edge that can’t be rolled back.

Internet Explorer 11 has yet to be supported since the middle of last year, but many people will see this as the end of an era. The old web browser was supposed to be turned off through a Windows update, but this was changed to an Edge update in December.

Microsoft says that the change to disable IE with a Microsoft Edge update is meant to improve the user experience and help organizations move their last IE11 users to Microsoft Edge.

The company said:

  • Organizations that have already transitioned from IE11 to Microsoft Edge with IE mode will not be impacted when the IE11 desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled on February 14, 2023. Note: If you would like to remove the IE visual references, such as on the taskbar or Start Menu, you will need to use the Disable IE policy before February 14, 2023. 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.
  • IE11 visual references, such as the IE11 icons on the Start Menu and taskbar, will be removed by the June 2023 Windows monthly security update release (‘B’ release) scheduled for June 13, 2023. They will also be removed by the non-security preview release on certain Windows 10 versions scheduled for May 23, 2023.

The fact that Internet Explorer icons won’t be taken away for a few more months makes some sense to help with the switch. However, it’s also likely to confuse some users since clicking on an Internet Explorer icon will open Microsoft Edge, and this can’t be changed.