The internet Explorer (IE) was removed a few months ago, as well as a gravestone to commemorate its death. However, the browser isn''t really dead, not completely. Microsoft explained that the deactivation process is a more lengthy time-bomb that began on June 15.
The attempts to open IE will go to IE mode in Microsoft Edge before the legacy browser is completely disabled on an unspecified date via Windows Update. In fact, some individuals have even figured out ways to impose IE to open in Windows 11, an OS that should''t even bundle the browser.
Microsoft has given us a list of groups policy organizations that they may use to better control when they want IE to be disabled instead of waiting for the staggered time-bomb to include their tenants.
In Microsoft''s documentation, the Group Policy is described as a "disable IE Policy." Organizations may also configure exactly when they want IE to go out of service within their environments. It basically mimics the upcoming Windows Update that will completely disable IE, but the benefit is that rather than waiting for that unknown date to arrive, they may schedule and plan their IE disablements themselves.
Microsoft has recommended this policy to customers who aren''t sure if they can let go of IE completely and fear business interruptions if it suddenly stopped working as a part of the gradual redirection phase.
Below are Microsoft''s guidelines for figuring the Disable IE Policy in Group Policy if you are an IT admin who belongs to either of these target audiences.
Microsoft has also warned organizations that if they are confident in wanting to eliminate IE, it''s better to have this policy implemented by November 1. This is because most individuals have entered a holiday freeze period in the last weeks of the year, and it''s possible that an unplanned shutdown of IE will take place durant this time period.