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Reminder: IE11 Desktop Application Retires In 4 Months
Joel Rollins

Reminder: IE11 Desktop Application Retires In 4 Months

As previously announced in May of 2021, the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) provides legacy browser support within Microsoft Edge. Because of this, the IE11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and afterwards will redirect to Microsoft Edge if a user tries to access it.

With 6 months left before retirement, Microsoft highly recommends you start preparing for this multi-month transition today. The essential first step—Site Discovery—typically takes 3-4 weeks. Site Discovery identifies legacy-dependent sites in your organization based on user traffic. Don’t delay and get started on your transition today.
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.

If your organization has legacy sites and apps with IE dependencies, you will need to set up IE mode so that users can access them through Microsoft Edge.
Starting with the Windows 10 January 2022 C “Preview” release, IE11 will have an in-product banner notifying users of the upcoming retirement. This will only show on affected Windows versions. 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.

Note: After June 15, 2022, the IE11 desktop application will be removed from in-scope versions of Windows 10 via Windows update. Microsoft does not recommend avoiding Windows updates to keep IE11 as Window updates contain critical operating system security patches.
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