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Microsoft issues IE7 installation blocker

Microsoft has released a tool that will allow enterprises to postpone upgrading to the new Internet Explorer 7 browser via Microsoft’s automatic update distribution services.

The tool will allow them to test the browser in their own time before rolling it out across their businesses.

IE7 for Windows XP is currently in beta and the browser will be distributed with the new Windows Vista OS to businesses from the end of this year.

A similar blocker was issued last year for Windows Server 2003 SP1, which allowed firms to postpone any automatic update until March of this year.

IE7 is being classed as a “high priority” update, meaning that users without the blocker will be constantly reminded to install it.

Microsoft also issued a blocker to cope with the demand from companies wanting to block the installation of Windows XP SP2.

Unlike previous blockers though, the IE7 one doesn’t have an expiration date, so firms can block the new browser, which is touted as being more secure, indefinitely.


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