IE10; so nasty we know to block it before it even launches?
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2013 - 10:00 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: irony, microsoft, IE10, blocker toolkit
It could only have been an unintentional slip that the verification that IE10 for Win7 is coming down the piped was that a tool was released to block the installation. The Internet Explorer 10 Blocker Toolkit will prevent Windows Update from installing IE10 automatically, which would signal a change from Microsoft's usual way of introducing a browser. Remember Beauty of the Web, the site used to distribute new Internet Explorer versions before they arrived as an automatic update? The blocker toolkit is nothing new, most versions of IE which did not come with the OS coexisted with a toolkit to allow sysadmins to prevent updates to the new browser before they could test it fully. We've been waiting about 9 months now for IE10 on Win7 and from what The Register and other sites say it will be worth upgrading when it arrives ... someday.
"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."
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