Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 End of Life

Effective June 15, 2022, the Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop application retires on the following platforms:

  • Internet Explorer 11 desktop application delivered via the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC):
    • Windows 10 (version 20H2 and later)
    • Windows 10 IoT (version 20H2 and later)

Unaffected of the retirement are:

  • Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer platform (MSHTML/Trident), including WebOC
  • Internet Explorer 11 desktop application on:
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)
    • Windows Server SAC (all versions)
    • Windows 10 IoT Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) (all versions)
    • Windows Server LTSC (all versions)
    • Windows 10 client LTSC (all versions)

IE11 is not available on Windows 11.

Starting June 15, 2022, Microsoft will gradually transition users from the unsupported IE11 desktop app to Microsoft Edge. The IE11 desktop app will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over several months. Additionally, the IE11 desktop app will be permanently disabled as part of a future Windows Cumulative Update.

The future of Internet Explorer on Windows is in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) provides legacy browser support within Microsoft Edge. It is recommended to transition to Microsoft Edge now and use the Internet Explorer mode within Microsoft Edge for legacy IE-based sites and apps in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

For a full list of what is in scope for retirement of Internet Explorer 11, please visit the announcement and FAQ:

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