Microsoft leaves certain vestiges of IE11 in both the operating system and the Edge browser.
Microsoft has been preparing for years, the final goodbye of its Internet Explorer browser, with a Internet Explorer 11 who said goodbye to us definitively on July 15, 2022.
But in a surprising move, Microsoft wants to leave certain vestiges of Internet Explorer 11 for administrators and even in its new browser. edge.
The company has announced changes to their original plans, updating their FAQ article on the retirement of the desktop app from internet explorer 11 to clarify that Windows Update will no longer remove visual references, user interface, or similar elements from Internet Explorer 11.
In this way, it will be up to system administrators and organizations to remove all these elements if they consider it appropriate.
Exceptional Scenarios for IE 11
On the other hand, it is surprising to read that Internet Explorer 11 will continue to be accessible to “exceptional scenarios”.
This is how they explained it:Based on customer feedback, Windows Update will no longer remove Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) visual references, such as the IE11 icons in the Start menu and taskbar, as previously communicated. Organizations will continue to maintain control over the determination of the time to remove IE11 visual references from their devices, if they have not already done so, by using the Disable IE policy.”.
“Additionally, changes will be made in the coming months to address a small subset of rare scenarios where IE11 is still accessible to Edge. This ensures that users access a more secure and compatible Microsoft browser.”.
It remains to be seen what they mean by those “exceptional scenarios” that Edge can use, but it surely has to do with some kind of compatibility.
In this way, until further notice, although Internet Explorer has already said goodbye to us, it will continue to be present in one way or another in both the operating system and the Edge browser.