Microsoft tags IE 7 'high priority' update

 

Microsoft plans to automatically push Internet Explorer 7 to Windows XP users when the browser update is ready later this year.

Internet Explorer 7 will be available for on Monday, October 18, 2006.

will be delivered in the fourth quarter as a "high priority" update via Automatic Updates in Windows XP, Gary Schare, Microsoft’s director of IE product management, said in an interview Tuesday. Automatic Updates is a Windows feature typically used for security updates, but Microsoft has also used it to push its antipiracy tool WGA Notifications.

Additionally, Microsoft has [made available] a to block automatic delivery of the new browser version. The free Internet Explorer 7 Blocker Toolkit will not expire.

Though the company could theoretically [make IE7 backwards compatible] to Windows 2000, Microsoft has decided not to do it. Instead, IE 7 will only be made available to customers running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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