IE 10

IE 10 is more secure, so here’s a Microsoft tool to prevent you updating by mistake

by NakedSecurity.Sophos.com  |  published on February 2, 2013

An alert writer over at the The Register has spotted a funny thing.

Microsoft just released a free tool to stop you upgrading to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

“Big deal,” you say. “There is no IE 10 for Windows 7, so it doesn’t sound like much of a tool to me.”

Except, as The Reg points out, the availability of the tool is a sort of omen: it surely means that IE 10 for Windows 7 must be nearly ready to drop for real.

Ironically, then, Microsoft is making sure that as soon as IE 10 is ready, you’re already ready to avoid it.

Sounds rather odd, but sysadmins in any but the smallest organisations tend towards trepidation over Internet Explorer updates, in case some legacy business application should go pear-shaped.

And there’s the real irony: that Microsoft should need to produce a one-off anti-update tool to help you sidestep a forthcoming automatic update, as a way of discouraging you from turning off automatic updates altogether.

A sort-of “lesser of two evils” solution for change control conservatives.

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