Feeds

Microsoft enlists WSUS, ex-Superman, and puke in IE8 push

Take it or leave it

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Microsoft will start injecting Internet Explorer 8 into large organizations through its Windows Server Update Services beginning at the end of August.

The latest edition of Microsoft's browser will be available for download through WSUS as part of an update roll-out from August 25, Microsoft has said. WSUS lets system administrators manage the distribution of updates for Windows-based systems released through Microsoft Update.

But you still won't be forced into swallowing IE 8. The company said you'll be able to configure your WSUS server to block delivery of the browser.

That's consistent with steps taken by Microsoft earlier this year when it released a Blocker Toolkit to prevent download and installation of IE 8 on desktops.

Blocker Toolkits have been released for past versions of IE and are designed for organizations that have yet to test or migrate their existing applications to Microsoft's latest browser.

IE 8 is also available - and can be declined - via Microsoft's Windows Update service.

The news came as browser rival Mozilla released its latest edition of Firefox, which has slowly been taking market share from IE. Firefox 3.5 closes the gap on IE 8 with features such as private viewing and the ability to spin up extra tabs without straining memory.

Corporates are getting the IE 8 downloads as Microsoft has cooked up a batch of TV-style commercial web ads featuring former Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV star Dean Cain pimping IE 8's features for consumer end users. In a series of ham 1950's-style public service announcements, Microsoft has bolted together a set of deliberately cumbersome acronyms and pitches around lolcats, porn, and puking to promote features such as web slices and private browsing.

You can view the web-only ads, here. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip
Look at the shiny Windows 8.1, why can't you people talk about 8.1, sobs an exec somewhere
Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows
Behold the Internet of Things. Wintel Things
Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable
Floats exam program to help IT employers lock up talent
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?