The Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled within most Windows 10 computers on Feb. 14, 2023 through a Microsoft Edge update, not a Windows update.
All remaining devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge are scheduled to be redirected on Feb. 14, 2023.
Microsoft has indicated that the Microsoft Edge update will be delivered to all devices—both commercial and consumer—at the same time, and 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.
So, if you still are dependent on IE11, you should take steps ASAP to transition before Feb. 14, 2023 or risk business disruption when you lose access to IE11 dependent applications.
By the way, I wonder if Microsoft thought the final demise of IE11 would be a nice Valentine’s Day gift to all their Windows users?
You can obtain more details about the demise of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) HERE. You also can get detailed guidance on how to setting-up Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge using Microsoft’s Getting Started Guide or by visiting Microsoft IE mode documentation.
If you need help transitioning from IE11 to Microsoft Edge with IE mode, reach out to Microsoft ASAP by:
By the way, Microsoft does not recommend avoiding or skipping any Windows updates in an attempt to keep IE11 since Windows updates contain critical operating system security patches.
What about QuickBooks?
The System Requirements for all currently supported versions 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 of QuickBooks Desktop specify they presently require Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), so what will happen to QuickBooks after Feb. 14, 2023?
On June 20, 2022, all then supported versions of QuickBooks Desktop (if updated) began using a custom Intuit internal browser specifically designed to work with QuickBooks Desktop Windows products and replace the requirement for Internet Explorer (IE11) Browser.
However, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is no longer used for online services within the QuickBooks Desktop application, there are still third-party components (as Intuit refers to them) that are critical to the proper functionality of QuickBooks Desktop.
At present, if Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is removed, disabled or turned off, you may see a message like the one below (or some versions of QuickBooks Desktop might not run at all).
So, you might wonder what will happen to QuickBooks Desktop once Microsoft permanently disables Internet Explorer 11 from Windows 10 on Feb. 14, 2023?
In fact, you might be very concerned when you read section 13.1.3 of their End User License Agreements for QuickBooks Desktop products:
13.1.3. Non-Supported System Requirements, Services, or Software (i.e., no longer supported by their third party providers). System requirements and operating environments for use of the Software as designed, including currently-supported operating systems, database engines, browsers and other technical components are available on the website for the Software. Notwithstanding anything above to the contrary, Intuit will not provide (and is not in any way liable to you for) Software support for Services, software, or system requirements or operating environments, including any operating system, database server or browser version, or other technical component, that is unsupported by its originating third party provider. In the event that any currently-supported Services, software, system requirement or operating environment, or other technical component is discontinued or no longer supported by its provider, Intuit will likewise discontinue its Software support for that particular Service, software, system requirement, operating environment or system, database server or browser version, or other technical component.
But, I don’t think the end of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is the end of QuickBooks Desktop. — Murph
I’m confident, just as Brad Smith, then CEO of Intuit told the audience at “Scaling New Heights” in June 2014, “Intuit has no desire to leave millions of desktop users behind…” is still a very real concern when it comes to supporting those who remain on the QuickBooks Desktop platforms that Intuit sold as packaged products (in Pro and Premier in 2020, 2021) or subscriptions (Plus and Enterprise in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), along with the Accountant and ProAdvisor versions for each of those years.
I believe Intuit still remains true to Brad Smith’s 2014 statement, “Intuit has no desire to leave millions of desktop users behind…” and they are working to resolve all the issues the demise of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 will bring about with respect to the currently supported versions of QuickBooks Desktop. — Murph
So, I’m forecasting a transitional patch (in a QuickBooks Desktop maintenance update) to be released before Feb. 14, 2023 for the 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 versions that will allow them to run using various Microsoft components within Microsoft Edge that must be installed and active on the Windows 10 computer, even if it is not the user’s “preferred browser.”
That will definitely be one QuickBooks Maintenance Release Update you will want to download and install when it’s ready. — Murph
By the way, a big Thank You goes out to Laura Lincoln, a long-standing ProAdvisor based in Massachusetts, who gave me the suggestion for this article.
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