IE10; so nasty we know to block it before it even launches?

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2013 - 01:00 PM |
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.

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"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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Source: The Register

February 1, 2013 | 02:27 PM - Posted by JSL

The title is excessively misleading. Also, the tool is a requirement in accordance to the anti-competition lawsuits from several years ago. There was a similar tool released when IE9 came out, as well as one back when IE7 was released for XP.

February 1, 2013 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I know, but that title was much more fun to write ... and I picked that picture specifically because it was the first of the tools that came of the antitrust

February 1, 2013 | 08:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes and just like IE9, when I installed it on my older laptop, all the printer addons for printing web pages to my printer stopped working, do not expect the printer OEMs to write updated printer software, unless you are buying a new printer! I guess I will have to do more system images than my normal two per month, so that I can reimage my system if necessary!

February 2, 2013 | 01:28 AM - Posted by FrostyWinnipeg

No ad blocker? No use.

February 2, 2013 | 02:57 PM - Posted by Zicoz (not verified)

Said the guy reading a website that needs ad revenue. Besides, you know you can block adds with a TPL right?

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