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


A large Microsoft Edge logo with the IE logo inside.

Microsoft has announced a slight change in its plans to put the final nail in Internet Explorer’s coffin. According to A notification published in official documents, Microsoft will use Edge Update to deliver the IE-killing patch instead of Windows Update as originally planned. The software bomb will arrive on February 14, 2023, and will help organizations ensure a smooth and easy transition from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge.

The software giant says the change will not affect organizations that have already ditched Internet Explorer in favor of Chromium-based Edge with its IE mode, better compatibility and other improvements. According to Microsoft, people who still rely on Internet Explorer should act 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 on the Start menu and taskbar — will remain in the operating system until Microsoft releases non-security updates scheduled for the May 23, 2023 (optional) and June 2023 Patch Tuesday updates (mandatory). would do IT admins can speed this up by using the Disable IE policy.

In case you missed it, Microsoft is about 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 users update to Windows 10 or 11 to keep their computers secure.


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