Though not a surprise, the move does require that IT decision makers and consumers decide whether or not to block the downloads. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) began shipping IE8 in mid-March.
If customers who use Microsoft automatic updates don't block the downloads, they still have a choice whether or not to install IE8, according to the blog. If they later decide to upgrade, they can do so manually.
With IE8, the company received accolades for providing more extensive support for Internet standards. However, due to that support, many sites that have been tweaked to support quirks in earlier versions of IE, no longer display correctly. While Microsoft made several changes, including a list of sites that need special settings that IE8 can check, that still leaves some sites out.
So while Microsoft is moving to get as many users as possible to adopt IE8 as quickly as possible, it also realizes that many customers, particularly corporate IT shops, need to perform testing and generate deployment plans for their organizations before they actually deploy IE8.
To help with that process, Microsoft began providing a free toolkit to block downloads of the new browser in January. The toolkit does not have an expiration date.
"Last week, we released IE8 via Automatic Update to users still running pre-release versions of IE8 (Beta 2 or Release Candidate 1). The goal was to make sure users who chose to install IE8 have the latest up-to-date version," Eric Hebenstreit, lead program manager for IE8, said in a post on the IEBlog on Friday.
As time goes on, Microsoft will expand the distribution of IE8 to a broader set of users.
Article courtesy of InternetNews.com.
One of the ways around the issues of security and control that make some businesses wary of cloud computing is to build a private cloud -- one that remains within the corporate firewall and is wholly controlled internally. Private clouds also increase the agility of IT an organization's IT infrastructure and make it easier to roll out new technology projects. Download this eBook to get the facts behind the private cloud and learn how your organization can get started.