Reminder: Internet Explorer 11 will be retired on February 14, 2023

[German]Microsoft will retire Internet Explorer 11 in most Windows versions on February 14, 2023. Microsoft Edge will then take over IE 11's tasks as the default browser via an update. Microsoft has updated a Techcommunity article with some hints and reminds about this replacement.


The replacement of Internet Explorer 11 with Microsoft Edge as the browser is nothing new, but has been known for a while. I came across this issue again via the following tweet, which I have addressed here on the blog more often (see links at the end of the article). Microsoft has rehashed the topic in this older Techcommunity article, which is updated cyclically.

IE11 Retirement

Microsoft has already discontinued support for Internet Explorer 11 as a desktop application for Windows 10 version 20H2 and higher as of June 15, 2022 (this applies to the desktop and IoT variants of Windows 10, see Internet Explorer Desktop App retires on June 15, 2022). Only the older Windows versions still in support, such as Windows Server 2012 R2, or 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.

February, May and June 2023

On February 14, 2023 (Patchday), Microsoft will force the redirection of all Internet Explorer 11 calls on affected operating systems to Microsoft Chromium Edge. I had reported on this in  blog post Windows 10: Microsoft disables Internet Explorer 11 on Feb. 14, 2023. The change will be rolled out via Windows Update for the affected Windows versions.

The optional, non-security "C" version, preview update is scheduled to remove visual references to IE11 for certain Windows 10 versions on May 23, 2023. No later than June 13, 2023, the planned Windows security update ("B" version) will remove all IE11 visual references, such as the IE11 icons in the Start menu and taskbar. Then IE 11 will be history in most Windows versions and its tasks will be taken over by Microsoft Edge.


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