FYI: Microsoft teases IE10 for Win7 with Blocker Toolkit

by Carol~ Moderator - 2/1/13 9:11 AM

Microsoft has dropped a strong hint that the long-awaited version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 might actually ship soon - ironically, by releasing a tool that blocks installation of the browser on users' PCs.

According to Microsoft's FAQ, the Internet Explorer 10 Blocker Toolkit will prevent Windows Update from installing IE10 automatically, while allowing other updates to go through as usual.

That's no great shocker in and of itself, and it doesn't mean Microsoft has lost faith in its latest browser. Redmond has issued similar packages for the last few versions of IE, too, to give IT admins time to make sure the new releases won't break their in-house web apps.

What is news, however, is that Microsoft is planning to push IE10 out through Windows Update at all. IE10 has been the default browser on Windows 8 since it launched in October 2012, and Windows Server 2012 has had it since September.

But while Redmond has been promising a version that would run on Windows 7 since April 2011, that project appeared to have stumbled in fits and starts throughout 2012, and we've heard nothing much since a Release Preview finally emerged in November.

Continued : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/01/ie10_win7_blocker_toolkit/

Also see: IE 10 is more secure, so here's a Microsoft tool to prevent you updating by mistake

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