Update from IE Team

Windows Internet Explorer 8 will be distributed to end-users via Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites.  Enterprises wishing to manage the way in which Windows Internet Explorer 8 is deployed to their organization can use the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Blocker Toolkit to prevent users from installing IE8 through Automatic Update.

Support Overview

Windows Internet Explorer 8 will be available for users of the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 SP2. For Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the update will be listed as Important. For Windows XP and Windows 2003, the update will be listed as High Priority. Users will be offered the upgrade if they have Automatic Updates enabled or if they perform a manual scan for updates using the “Express” install option on the Windows Update or Microsoft Update sites.  Windows Internet Explorer 8 will also be offered as a recommended updated to any user who performs a manual update scan on the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites using the “Custom” install option.

Distribution of Windows Internet Explorer 8 via Automatic Updates will begin slowly and will take several months to complete.  End-users can expect to be offered the upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 at any time in the months following the release of Windows Internet Explorer 8.

Many enterprise customers will want to control how and when Windows Internet Explorer 8 is deployed to their organization through Automatic Updates.  Microsoft has released a Blocker Toolkit and has articulated a series of options IT administrators can implement to control how Windows Internet Explorer 8 is deployed.

Resources related to this Alert:

IE Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2009/01/06/ie8-blocker-toolkit-available-today.aspx

IE8 Blocker Toolkit FAQ: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/updatemanagement/dd365124.aspx

IE8 Blocker Toolkit Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=133921

IE8 Compatibility View: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111416

 

 

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