Long story quick: Microsoft is completely eradicating Internet Explorer from Windows 10, beginning right this moment. As highlighted in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11 Desktop App Retirement FAQ, IE11 can be completely disabled on some variations of Windows 10 with an replace beginning to roll out on February 14. It takes a couple of days for the replace to propagate, however as soon as it is accomplished, it is… nicely, lastly.
Users won’t be able to undo the modifications, Microsoft notes. Attempting to load the desktop app after the replace simply redirects the person to Microsoft Edge. Favorites, passwords, searching historical past, cookies and different browser knowledge are routinely transferred to Edge and will be additional managed within the browser settings.
Any visible remnants of IE11, reminiscent of the beginning menu and icons on the taskbar, can be eliminated as a part of the June 2023 Windows Security Update, launched on June 13.
This change will have an effect on most (however not all) variations of Windows 10. IE11 will proceed to assist Windows 10 IoT Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), Windows 10 Client LTSC, and Windows 10 China Government Edition (apparently it is a factor).
According to StatCounter, 68.75% of desktop Windows customers are nonetheless working Windows 10. Despite the excessive market share, most customers have most likely moved away from IE11 to a more recent product like Edge or one among a number of different alternate options.
Redmond would not ship a model of Internet Explorer with Windows 11, so do not anticipate any modifications in case you’re already working Microsoft’s newest working system. If you recall, Microsoft formally killed IE11 final yr, nevertheless it’s solely now placing the ultimate nail within the coffin.
It’s price mentioning that Microsoft Edge has a built-in compatibility mode for legacy web sites and functions that also depend on Internet Explorer, and has promised to assist IE mode till not less than 2029. We have a full information to setting it up and getting IE mode in Edge in case you want it.
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