Microsoft Will Push IE8 as High Priority Update

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News Posted: Wed, Apr 15 2009 1:13 PM

If you’ve tried Microsoft’s latest browser—Internet Explorer 8—and haven’t been impressed, or if you
simply haven’t felt the need to give it a spin, you’re not alone. Even though
IE8 offers a significant speed increase, better web compliance, and a handful
of other new features, the browser hasn’t been received with the warm welcome
that Microsoft would have liked. In fact, Net Applications claims IE8 makes up only
about 4% of the browser market share. IE7 still holds the largest share.



To help force users to give the new browser a try, Microsoft
plans to put IE8 in the Automatic Update queue. According to the Microsoft IEBlog, the company released IE8 as an Automatic Update to
all users who were still running pre-release versions of IE8 (Beta 2 or Release
Candidate 1) to make sure users who had chosen to install IE8 had the latest
versions.



Starting on or about the third week of April, Microsoft
plans to notify users who are still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows
Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008. The notifications of the
new browser will come by means of Automatic Updates. The initial rollout will
start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base.
Microsoft plans to make the update a High Priority update for Windows XP and
Server 2003 users. The IE8 update will be listed as Important for Windows Vista
and Server 2008 users.




For users who don’t want to adopt the latest browser quite
yet, the good news is that IE8 won’t automatically install on machines. You
must opt-in to install IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers three choices:
Ask later, install now, or don’t install. For users who decline the update, you
can install it later from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8
or from Windows Update where it will be listed as an optional update. 



Organizations who use Automatic Update to keep their
computers up to date can postpone the IE8 deployment using a free Blocker Toolkit. This blocker toolkit was released in
January and has no expiration date. Microsoft recommends that organizations who
want to block the automatic distribution of IE8 have the blocking in place by
the week of April 20th.



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acarzt replied on Wed, Apr 15 2009 1:30 PM

Anyone using IE8 yet? Is it any better than 7?

When I saw that Browser benchmark a while back I went and installed all of the popular browsers, even Safari! :-x The synthetic benchmark said Safari was the best, but I didn't see any difference with using any of them so now i'm still using IE7 :-P

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I only use Ie for times when sites dont support FF.

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SqUiD267 replied on Wed, Apr 15 2009 5:13 PM

IE 8 is decent, I only use it with a few sites beacuse the sites werent designed for FF.

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yoda8232 replied on Wed, Apr 15 2009 7:19 PM

Firefox 3 for the win, so many customizable options and it's a decent speed browser. Only when compared to Chrome and Safari. :P


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3vi1 replied on Wed, Apr 15 2009 8:04 PM

I've installed IE8 on my wife and kids machines. It wasn't so great that I would change their default browser from Firefox.

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Yeah its alright, I just miss my FF addons when I use other browsers.

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Kiristo replied on Thu, Apr 16 2009 1:56 AM

Use Opera so it doesn't really matter. Only use IE occasionally cuz IDM doesn't integrate into Opera.

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Riks replied on Thu, Apr 16 2009 6:52 AM

i hate it, slow seems to have set itself default, even though it's not i checked.. also my if i go onto google the search thing and button are like 3pixels in size.

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yoda8232 replied on Thu, Apr 16 2009 9:37 AM

Same with most other people.


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imAcpufan replied on Sat, Apr 18 2009 12:05 PM

I use Firefox mainly, but I still use IE sometimes. I'm currently using IE7, but I've found it to be way more buggy than IE6 - web pages freeze up or crash quite often. I guess I could upgrade to IE8, cause imo it can't get much worse...lol.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Apr 18 2009 2:13 PM

If you're going to upgrade go ahead and try Shiretoko (FF 3.5b4pre). :)

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