From next week, Windows users should start receiving Internet Explorer 8.0, the next version of Microsoft's web browser, through Windows Update.
In a blog posting on the Microsoft Developer Network Eric Hebenstreit, lead program manager at Microsoft, said, "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."
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He said the new browser will be initially available to a narrow audience of Windows users. Over the next few weeks Microsoft will make the software available 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".
Microsoft said Internet Explorer 8.0 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install IE8. People who want the browser now can download it from the Microsoft download site.