On February 14, 2023, a Microsoft Edge update will permanently deactivate Internet Explorer.

Microsoft has disclosed a modest modification to its strategy for putting Internet Explorer’s death knell. A notice included in the official documentation states that Microsoft will distribute the IE-killing patch via an Edge update rather than Windows Update as originally intended. On February 14, 2023, the software bomb will arrive, aiding businesses in ensuring a simpler and more seamless switch from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge.

The software behemoth claims that the modification won’t have an impact on businesses who have already switched from Internet Explorer to Edge, a Chromium-based browser with IE Mode, greater compatibility, and other enhancements. Microsoft advises those still relying on Internet Explorer to take action right away to prevent a disruption in business on February 14, 2023, when Microsoft will stop supporting the outdated browser.

It will take time to get Internet Explorer out of current Windows systems. The operating system will retain visual references—icons on the Start Menu and taskbar—until Microsoft issues a non-security upgrade slated for May 23, 2023 (optional), and June 2023 Patch Tuesday Updates (mandatory). Utilizing the Disable IE policy, IT administrators can expedite this.

Microsoft is on schedule to stop supporting the Edge browser on earlier versions of Windows, in case you missed it. In January 2023, the company will discontinue providing feature and security updates for Microsoft Edge running on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. To keep their PCs secure, Microsoft, Google, and other businesses advise users to update to Windows 10 or 11.

Christopher Woodill

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Enterprise technology leader for the past 15+ years…certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt and TOGAF Enterprise Architect. I collaborate with companies to help align their strategic objectives with concrete implementable technology strategies. I am Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Klick Health.

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