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M365 Changelog: IE11 desktop application has retired and is out of support as of June 15, 2022 (non-LTSC, non-Server)

Rabia Noureen

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MC392478 – As previously communicated, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application has retired and is out of support as of today, June 15, 2022. Following industry best practices, the IE desktop application will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over the next few months and after will ultimately be permanently disabled via a future Windows Update to help ensure a smooth retirement.

If you have not set up IE mode in Microsoft Edge, Microsoft recommends doing so as soon as possible to help avoid business disruption.

  • If you’ve already set up IE mode, follow these final steps.
  • If you’re beginning your transition, see the steps below.

Note: The IE11 desktop application is not available on Windows 11. To continue using legacy IE-based sites and apps on Windows 11, IE mode in Microsoft Edge must be configured before deploying Windows 11.

IE11 desktop application

  • Timing: The IE11 desktop application has retired and is out of support as of June 15, 2022.
    • The now out-of-support IE11 desktop application will be progressively redirected to the supported Microsoft Edge browser over the next few months during a redirection phase and, after this phase, will be permanently disabled via a future Windows Update.
    • Windows 10 LTSC and Server are not affected. For a full list of what is in scope for retirement, see the FAQ.
    • IE11 is not available on Windows 11.
  • Action:

How this will affect your organization:

The Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application has retired and is out of support as of today, June 15, 2022.

IE is being retired in two phases to ensure a quality-driven retirement. During the first phase, the redirection phase, devices will be progressively redirected from IE to Microsoft Edge over the next few months after June 15, 2022. Following industry best practices, this progressive redirection will be quality-driven to ensure a smooth IE11 retirement for you and your organization. To minimize the level of potential business disruption within an organization at one time, not all devices will be redirected at the same time. This approach is designed so that you can quickly identify and resolve any potential issues, such as missed sites, before all devices within your organization are redirected. The intent is for the redirection phase for all devices with Windows platforms that are in-scope for IE retirement to be complete in the next few months.

Note: Windows Updates are not used to redirect devices during the redirection phase. Microsoft does not recommend skipping Windows Updates as they contain critical operating system security patches.

The second phase of retirement is the Windows Update phase. After the redirection phase completes, IE will be permanently disabled through a future Windows Update on all devices with Windows platforms that are in-scope for IE retirement. It will follow the standard Windows update process as part of an optional preview “C” release followed by a “B” Patch Tuesday release. Given the cumulative nature of Windows Updates, IE disablement will persist in subsequent Windows Updates.

Note: As first seen with the Windows 10 January 2022 C “Preview” release, IE11 has an in-product banner notifying users of the upcoming retirement. This only shows on Windows versions affected by IE11 retirement. To configure, use the “Hide Internet Explorer 11 Application Retirement Notification” group policy found in the Local Group Policy Editor under Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer.

What you need to do to take action:

To take action, Microsoft recommends setting up Microsoft Edge in your organization. If your organization needs legacy browser support, you should set up IE mode in Microsoft Edge as soon as possible because this is a multi-step process.

Support:

Additional Information

Microsoft always value feedback and questions from our customers. Please feel free to submit either feedback or questions via Message Center.

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