If you’ve been following the news today, you’ve probably seen that, in January of 2012, Microsoft will start rolling out Internet Explorer (IE8 for XP, and IE9 for everything else) automatically to all PCs through Windows Update. This is in an effort to better secure Internet-connected PC worldwide.
Missed the news? We covered it here: Be prepared for the Internet Explorer onslaught in 2012
Microsoft is serious about security. In the link above, I go over some “other thoughts” as to why it make sense for Microsoft to do this. So, take a look and let me know if you agree. Incidentally, on the same day as this announcement, Microsoft also released some interesting stats on their product security for 2011. You can check that out here: Microsoft security in 2011–how did they do?
OK, so the news has hit folks differently. From an industry perspective, many are are giving their kudos for Microsoft’s decision, wondering why it took so long. Where it counts, though, in the community trenches (IT professionals), the news isn’t as welcome, and many are already planning to block the automatic delivery of IE8 and IE9.
So, if you need or want to block the automatic delivery of Internet Explorer, you’ll need one or both of the following links.
Why two different downloads? The IE8 toolkit is for Windows XP computers only, while the IE9 toolkit is for everything else.