Internet Explorer 11: Access to OneDrive and SharePoint ends January 2023

[German]Microsoft is phasing out Internet Explorer in the coming months as the browser drops out of support. As of January 2023, access to OneDrive and SharePoint will no longer be supported.


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IE 11 reaches it's end of life

It has been known for some time that Microsoft plans to phase out Internet Explorer 11 and replace it with Chromium Edge as its browser. Microsoft has discontinued Internet Explorer 11 as a desktop app for Windows 10 version 20H2 and later as of June 15, 2022 (this applies to desktop and IoT variants of Windows 10, see Internet Explorer Desktop App retires on June 15, 2022).

However, nothing changes for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and older Windows 10 builds (version as well as 1809, 1909), IE 11 will continue to be supported there (until the build support ends, for Windows 10 the builds have fallen out of support). The Windows 10 LTSC versions (1507 and 1609) and Windows Server on the market are also not affected by this change. Windows Server 2022 and Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 are also not affected.

IE 11 will be disabled in 2023

If users try to invoke the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application under these operating system versions, they will be automatically redirected to Microsoft Chromium Edge. Administrators in corporate environments could previously force the use of IE 11. But that's supposed to end on February 14, 2023 (Patchday) – Microsoft is forcing all calls to Internet Explorer 11 on affected operating systems to be redirected to Microsoft Chromium Edge. I had reported on this in the blog post Windows 10: Microsoft disables Internet Explorer 11 on Feb. 14, 2023.

Usage will be restricted

But support for apps and Microsoft accounts in Internet Explorer had already ended in 2021 (see Internet Explorer: No more support for Microsoft accounts and apps). The operating system has been displaying a message for some time that it is time to update the browser as soon as the user calls up a Microsoft web service with IE 11. However, the user can then select the link to continue the process in Internet Explorer 11.

IE Upgrade Notification
(Source: Dr. Windows)


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As early as January 2023, even before the February 2023 security updates are installed, Microsoft is further restricting the options for Internet Explorer users. Martin Geuß reported on Dr. Windows in this German article that access to OneDrive and SharePoint will end in January 2023.

The soft block mentioned above, which suggests the browser upgrade, will then be replaced (on the affected Windows versions listed above) by a so-called hard block in mid-January 2023, Martin writes. Users will then be told that access to OneDrive and SharePoint Online with Internet Explorer 11 will be blocked. According to Martin, administrators will be notified of this issue under MessageID MC454797 in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

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