Microsoft Edge’s February 2023 update will disable Internet Explorer 11

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For some time now, Microsoft has been intending to retire Internet Explorer in favor of Microsoft Edge. And earlier this year on June 15, the company started phasing out Internet Explorer urging users to transition to its browser Edge which also received an IE Mode update to cater to the users’ needs as it replicates IE11 in so many ways.

Still, on the same premise, Microsoft released new information detailing its plans as far as completely phasing out IE11 from Windows 10 is concerned. The company detailed that it intends to kill it off completely next year on February 14 via a Microsoft Edge update.

The initial plan was to disable it via a Windows Update on Windows 10, but the company has shifted gears and will be disabling it through a Microsoft Edge update instead. This is in a bid to enhance the user experience and ultimately make the transition process for the users simpler.

After Microsoft started phasing out IE11, its users started being redirected to Microsoft Edge. And now, once Microsoft rolls out the Edge update in February users will no longer be able to access IE11. Both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users won’t be able to access it either.

According to Microsoft:

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.

What’s more, Microsoft has disclosed that June’s Patch Tuesday update will erase any remnants of Internet Explorer from Windows 10, that is, its logo that appears in the Start menu or on the taskbar. We invite you to make the transition as soon as possible before IE11 reaches its end of support to avoid any setbacks.

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