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IE7 to be distributed by Automatic Update

July 26th 2006 in Uncategorized

Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates soon after the final version is released for Windows XP, planned for the fourth quarter of 2006. Sorry… when it comes to precise dates, those who know will not say, and those who say cannot know 😉

Some important notes… firstly, although IE7 will be offered via Automatic Updates, Automatic Updates will first notify users when Internet Explorer 7 is ready to install and then show a welcome screen that presents key features and the choices to “Install, “Don’t Install” or “Ask Me Later.” In short, you won’t be forced to install it, it won’t be a silent install, it won’t be a hidden install.

Secondly, I will have another gem to share with you regarding the installation, but can’t tell you what that is without permission.. suffice to say the team has been reading the IE groups, and has been taking on board what is being said, and has addressed a pretty important issue…. there are a lot of people who are going to be awfully pleased. 

Thirdly, Microsoft will provide a free Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit for enterprise customers who may want to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 in their organization. The Blocker Toolkit will *not* expire and will include a Group Policy template and an executable script. The Blocker Toolkit will be/is available from the Microsoft Download Center to provide ample lead time for deployment. Additional information for IT administrators will be/is at the Windows Update/Microsoft Update site on TechNet.

The installer will automatically remove any beta versions of IE7 that area already on the machine.

More info and screenshots are available on the IE blog:


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“IE7 to be distributed by Automatic Update”

Carol Shank

I had tried a few times to download the new IE7 and each time it messed up the computer. I don’t know if I should really upgrade to IE7 when the upgrade comes out or not

Yep, that target on Firefox and Apple’s backside is getting bigger by the day – pull up a seat and buckle in tight guys – the easy ride that comes from not being a primary target of the bad guys may be over soon…
Full report here:http://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=191968025
I think the final two paragraphs of the report say it […]

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As we know, the gang behind Firefox don’t release security updates, they release entire new builds of their Web browser.
A new build has been released – which addresses numerous vulnerabilities – 7 of which are classed as “critical”:http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/known-vulnerabilities.html#firefox1.5.0.5
You can download the new build here:http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

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