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IE 9 Advice and Resources Aplenty

IE 9 shipped this week, and for consumers (with Windows 7 or Vista) the install is easy. In fact, nearly two and a half million folks have already done so.

Large IT shops are another matter.

Microsoft has advice to help you download the new browser or, if your shop ain't ready, block it. Blocking can be as simple as sending an e-mail blast telling users not to load IE 9. Or you can install the IE 9 Blocker toolkit if your end-users have a habit of not listening to you.

Some may be tempted to turn off Automatic Updates as a way of blocking. Bad idea, Redmond says, as updates also include security fixes.

If you are gung-ho on IE 9, the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit will tell if you are ready. The Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5. will see what software IE 9 will have to work with, and the Internet Explorer Administration Kit will help package IE 9 for wide-scale distribution.

How does your shop browse? Is there a non-Microsoft browsing standard, or do you let end-users decide? Say it, don't spray it at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/18/2011 at 1:18 PM


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