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Microsoft to push IE7 out via WSUS next month

Microsoft warned that it will push a new version of Internet Explorer 7 via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in February. Specifically, administrators who have set WSUS to automatically approve Update Rollups will need to disable the auto-approval rule before Feb. 12 to stop IE7 from being updated into their infrastructure.
Microsoft warned that it will push a new version of Internet Explorer 7 via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in February. Specifically, administrators who have set WSUS to automatically approve Update Rollups will need to disable the auto-approval rule before Feb. 12 to stop IE7 from being updated into their infrastructure. As of last year, Microsoft removed the requirement of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation from an Internet Explorer 7 installation, making it available to all Windows XP users. Microsoft explained that the move was prompted by security concerns.

Excerpt from InfoWorld:

"Because Microsoft takes its commitment to help protect the entire Windows ecosystem seriously, we're updating the IE7 installation experience to make it available as broadly as possible to all Windows users," said Steve Reynolds, an IE program manager, on a Microsoft company blog in early," said Steve Reynolds, an IE program manager.
Web metrics gathered by Net Applications during December 2007 shows that IE6 accounted for 35 percent of the browsers that visited some 40,000 monitored sites.

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3 comments
daniel.tisher
daniel.tisher

I wish I saw this article yesterday. So, could somebody tell me how this is classified as a rollup? IMO IE 6 -> IE7 is a major version upgrade, not a rollup. IE6.0.35147 -> IE6.1.44175 would be a rollup. Am I missing something?

Meesha
Meesha

I've already attempted to install IE7 on several client's desktops and some were successful and others weren't. IE7 was unstable on several of the PCs. At the time we didn't have time to "investigate" and just assumed it was the hardware. However, the inconsistencies from PC to PC ruled it out since all the PCs are the same configurations. So at the end of the day, we just didn't/don't have time to "piddle" around with MS IE7. I have since managed to convince my clients to only use IE if absolutely necessary and just use FireFox for everything else. Since IE can't be removed from a Windows O/S PC, FireFox does have the capability to open a tab natively in IE. So nothing lost for the clients. They're actually quite pleased since FireFox has better functionality than IE7. This "forced" upgrade may just be one of the straws that instead of IE moves more people to other browsers - FireFox, Opera, Safari, etc.

amj2010
amj2010

avant uses the kernel of IE7 but has a different layout which is more user friendly...

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