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It’s another exciting week for us at Microsoft, as Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) has been released! Make sure you check out our showcase website, BeautyOfTheWeb.com, for all the details and to download the final release of IE9.

I’ve been running IE9 for a while now and love the overall clean look and speed of the browser. IE9 gets out of your way and lets you get on with the reasons you browse the web in the first place – to enjoy great sites and let the web be centre stage. IE9 gives you more screen real estate within the browser frame than any other browser available, and the Windows 7 integration including Jump Lists, Aero Snap, and pinned sites is pretty cool. For more information about all the new features make sure you check out this site.

IT Pro Guidance

We encourage you to test the new browser in your business. But when you are deploying any major software update there are certain steps that need to be taken. To that end, we have updated our enterprise guidance on deploying IE9 in the enterprise space. We have an updated version of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 9 (IEAK 9) and the IE9 Blocker Toolkit. Let’s face it – you may need to hold off allowing your users to upgrade until you test your web applications, so this tool is a must. These and the rest of the updated documentation can be found below:

IE9 Overview for IT Professionals
Internet Explorer 9 Product Guide
Group Policy Settings Reference Windows IE9
Internet Explorer Administration Kit 9
GPO Administrative Templates for Windows IE9
IE9 Demonstration
IE9 Frequently Asked Questions
Internet Explorer 9 Blocker Toolkit
IE9 Blocker Toolkit FAQ
IEAK 9 Release Documentation

If you are coming from IE6, make sure you check out this site for migration guidance.

And lastly, be sure you head to the Exploring IE team blog for all the latest information regarding IE9!


Nathan Mercer
Technology Evangelist
Microsoft New Zealand
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