For Those Of You Who Like Internet Explorer For Whatever Reason, Microsoft Will Be Disabling It On Your Windows 10 PC TODAY

Here’s a heads up for those of you who still run Internet Explorer on your PC despite the risks of doing so. Microsoft as part of “Patch Tuesday” which is today, will be disabling it from your Windows 10 PC. According to Microsoft’s support documentation, a Microsoft Edge browser update will fully disable Internet Explorer in most versions of Windows 10, redirecting users to Edge:

The out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application was permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 on February 14, 2023 through a Microsoft Edge update. Note, this update will be rolled out over the span of a few days up to a week, as is standard for Microsoft Edge updates.

All remaining consumer and commercial devices that were not already redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge were redirected with the Microsoft Edge update. Users will be unable to reverse the change. Additionally, redirection from IE11 to Microsoft Edge will be included as part of all future Microsoft Edge updates.

IE11 visual references, such as the IE11 icons on the Start Menu and taskbar, will be removed by the June 2023 Windows security update (“B” release) scheduled for June 13, 2023. The optional, non-security preview “C” release on certain Windows 10 versions scheduled for May 23, 2023, will also remove IE11 visual references.

Realistically, Microsoft Windows 10 users should have made the switch to Microsoft Edge by now. After all, security updates stopped last summer. Which means that anyone running it was and is at risk for any number of threats that are floating around. Thus if you’re one of those people, now would be a good time to move to Microsoft Edge, or Firefox, or Chrome. You’ll be a lot safer and you’ll thank me for suggesting that you do so.

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