Windows – Control Internet Explorer retirement with group policy and Intune device configuration

As you know, Internet Explorer has been part of the Windows world for quite some time (first released in August 1995) and is now unsupported and being discontinued by being replaced by more modern web browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

In May 2021, Microsoft has announced the 2 steps retirement phases for Internet Explorer (see a redirection phase and a permanently disable policy through Windows Update.

Well, if you don’t want to wait for the policy phase you can use either group policy or Intune Device Configuration profile (Settings Catalog) to configure the Disable Internet Explorer 11 as standalone browser available under the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer

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When configuring this settings you have 3 options:

  • Group policy
    • Never: allow you to not notify your users Internet Explorer is disabled
    • Always: allow you to notify users to use another browser all the time they are using Internet Explorer
    • Once per user: allow you to notify users only the first time when using Internet Explorer
  • Intune Device Configuration:
    • Disabled: block use of Internet Explorer
    • Enable: allow use of Internet Explorer

There are few requisites to be able to do such thing:

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