A storm is scheduled for next week in the technology world. Microsoft is getting ready to officially unleash a bunch of its new and updated software products, and it seems that you can add another one to the list.
For end consumers, Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 are two of the most notable releases next Friday. But even though the software titan has not confirmed this, it appears that it is gearing up to push the newest version of its browser to Windows 7 users as well.
This was not the case with Internet Explorer 10, as you may recall — Windows 7 users got an invitation to party a few months down the road.
Now though it is looking increasingly likely that Windows 7 users will be getting in on the IE 11 action soon after release, and since Windows Update will be the primary channel to ship the browser, the company has launched a toolkit that disables automatic delivery of the new version.
As Microsoft detailed:
“Even if you used the Blocker Toolkit to block Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 from being installed as a high-priority or important update, you will still need to use the Internet Explorer 11 version of the Blocker Toolkit to block Internet Explorer 11 from being installed.
There are different registry keys used to block or unblock automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11.”
Again, while the company has not really confirmed that the release of IE 11 for Windows 7 is set for next week, but fact that we have this toolkit out really points to the obvious.
If not next week, then very, very soon, it seems.
Alienating the user base of the most popular operating system in the world, that too when Redmond aims to move everyone to the newer versions of its software, is not the soundest of strategies in the world. Expect good things next week — no matter if you are a Windows 7 user or a Windows 8 one.
But just in case you or your company wants to block the upgrade till you test it out, then this toolkit is your best bet. Make sure you grab it from the link above.