Microsoft slates IE8 update for Aug. 25

Windows Server Update Services will upgrade older Microsoft browsers Aug. 25 or thereafter

Microsoft plans to deliver Internet Explorer 8 via Windows Server Update Services starting Aug. 25.

WSUS will update older Microsoft browsers, such as IE6 or IE7, Aug. 25 or thereafter. The update only works with Windows operating systems that support IE8, such as Windows Vista and Windows XP, along with Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

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Users running Windows 7 Release Candidate likely won't be affected by the WSUS update because Microsoft typically doesn't update test versions of its products that way. WSUS is a free Windows Server add-on for updating products in environments with multiple PCs.

Microsoft is instructing organizations that want to delay upgrading to IE8 via WSUS to turn off Automatic Update on their WSUS servers before Aug. 25. After that date, organizations can synchronize the WSUS servers and reject the IE8 update. The IEBlog has the details.

Organizations that maintain Web-based applications that rely on older browsers probably want to delay upgrading to IE 8. They can block the upgrade through WSUS or Microsoft's System Center management tools.

WSUS shouldn't be confused with Windows Update and Microsoft Update. Those services typically deliver updates to individual Windows users, either by requested download or automatically.

A recent Windows Secrets article said Windows Update has been delivering changes to users' PCs without their consent. The updates were being installed after shutdown was initiated on machines running Windows Vista or Windows XP, according to the article.

Without citing that article, Microsoft has acknowledged the complaint, and the company is investigating the issue, according to the Update Product Team’s blog.

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Kurt Mackie is the online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group sites, including Redmondmag.com, RCPmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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