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OOOooh NO! April 14, 2009 1:14 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Software, Technology
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Khaaaaaannnnnn!

Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important. [Source, IEBlog, Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8]

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1. Meredith - April 14, 2009

Thanks for the warning; I’ll disable the auto updates now. My accounting software requires IE7 (yeah, I know) and not only refuses to allow IE8, it has no information on when they might start doing so.

I hate Vista. I hate IE. I hate Intuit.

2. Doug McCaughan - April 14, 2009

I know companies who will not upgrade from IE6 “for security reasons.” I think they really mean the cost of IT upgrading all their machines plus handling trouble tickets when users become confused at the new software would be cost prohibitive. If they really meant “for security reasons” I’d think they’d want the latest software (or at least one stable release behind the most current).

The IEBlog says that it won’t autoinstall so you should be safe.

IE8 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers choices: Ask later, install now, or don’t install.


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