Microsoft has announced that it will continue end-of-life updates in 2023 for its previous browser, Internet Explorer, for older versions of Windows.
Despite stopping support for IE at the moment Windows 11 version of the operating system on June 15, Microsoft still allowed the legacy browser to work on many older versions, including Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Edu, and IoT.
Now the brand plans to begin ending support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and in these older versions of the system, starting from February 14, 2023, Microsoft said on its Windows Message Center page.
Microsoft has announced its plans now to give businesses and professional organizations time to move from Internet Explorer to a new browser, such as the current product Microsoft Edge. Edge has been the company’s primary browser since early 2020. However, until IE’s end actions begin in 2022, both browsers will run on Windows computers so users have more options.
Microsoft now warns that “continuing to rely on IE11 when Windows Update is available may cause business interruption.”
Administrators running updates should first remove visual references to IE from their systems. Removing IE visual references is an administrator-level task that requires the use of the Disable IE policy. This must be done before February 14, 2023. If it is not completed before then, organizations will lose access to applications that depend on IE11.
Organizations that have taken action by updating their browsers to Microsoft Edge do not need to take any further action on February 14, the brand said.
Microsoft’s end-of-life of Windows 10 will also happen in phases like it did for Windows 11. The next update that will happen in June 2023 will remove visual references to IE11, including IE11 icons, from the Windows 10 Start Menu and taskbar. . The update will also be available in the non-secure preview release of selected Windows 10 versions on May 23, 2023.
Internet Explorer is already live with Microsoft Edge in the “Reload in IE mode” button located in its taskbar to get used to using the new browser. Internet Explorer mode allows you to view websites and applications based on legacy documents and code in a more interactive way.