Internet Explorer is no longer available in most Windows versions

As you know, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer 11 last June, but enterprise users could use it on demand. Today Microsoft finally killed the aged browser.

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Starting February 14, 2023, the ability to launch IE11 on Windows 10 is no longer available on all consumer editions. An update for Microsoft Edge will disable it permanently. An exception is still made for the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and Windows 10 China Government Editions.

The above mentioned Microsoft Edge update will be automatically applied to all devices and the change cannot be undone. When attempting to launch Internet Explorer, users will see a banner that says "The future of Internet Explorer is in Microsoft Edge" and will be redirected to Edge.

If the user has some browsing data, saved passwords, bookmarks, and so on, everything  will be automatically moved to Microsoft Edge. So if the user has used IE 11 as one of their primary browsers, they can continue where they left off.

However, Microsoft will leave the MSHTML technology and the Trident engine behind Internet Explorer in the OS. Both will remain part of IE mode in the Microsoft Edge browser. The company says they will support this mode until at least 2029. Also, some Windows Server editions including Windows Server LTSC will allow running IE11 as well.

The update that disables IE in Windows will be released via Windows Update, despite being an update for Edge and not for Windows.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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