Microsoft says the Internet Explorer 11 desktop web browser will be disabled on some Windows 10 systems via a Microsoft Edge update.

This follows previous warnings that IE11 would be permanently disabled this month and a June 15 announcement revealing that the legacy web browser would get disabled via a Windows update.

"As previously announced, the out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 starting February 14, 2023," Microsoft said.

"Devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge will be redirected with today's Microsoft Edge update."

The Edge update is now rolling out to the Microsoft Edge Stable channel over the next week via a progressive rollout process.

After the Microsoft Edge update that removes IE11 is installed, users be told that "Internet Explorer (IE) has been retired and is no longer supported. If any site you visit needs Internet Explorer, you can reload it with IE mode in Microsoft Edge. Select 'Continue' to get started with Microsoft Edge, the fast and secure browser built for Windows."

"Your favorites, passwords, history, cookies, and other browser data will be automatically brought over to Microsoft Edge so you can seamlessly continue browsing. You can manage this later in Settings on Microsoft Edge," the notification adds.

"Organizations that have already transitioned from IE11 to Microsoft Edge with IE mode will not be impacted by the disablement. Organizations that have not transitioned to Microsoft Edge with IE mode may face immediate business disruption," the company added.

Microsoft will also remove all IE11 visual references (including icons on the taskbar and the Start Menu), starting with the May non-security preview release scheduled for May 23.

Starting in October 2020, IE11 has been automatically launching Microsoft Edge when visiting incompatible sites.

The list of incompatible sites includes 7,562 domains belonging to high-profile online platforms and services, including Facebook, Microsoft Teams, Instagram, Google Drive, Twitter, and many others.

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