IEAK 10 for Windows 8; Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0; DirectX 11.1 for Windows 7

The Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 for Windows 8 is now available and simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customized Internet Explorer 10 packages. "IT Professionals can use IEAK 10 to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer 10 experience for their users and to manage user settings after deploying Internet Explorer 10," Microsoft's IE team […]

The Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 for Windows 8 is now available and simplifies the creation, deployment, and management of customized Internet Explorer 10 packages.

"IT Professionals can use IEAK 10 to configure the out-of-box Internet Explorer 10 experience for their users and to manage user settings after deploying Internet Explorer 10," Microsoft's IE team blogged.

Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 that provides a quick and easy method to analyze Microsoft Office Outlook profile and mailbox for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook is now available through Download Center.

"This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article that describes a possible fix for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also export the report to a file. Then, the report can be viewed in the OCAT on another client computer where the tool is installed," explains Microsoft.

The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OCAT scan without user intervention.

Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0

DirectX 11.1 is now available on the Windows 7 platform, together with the Internet Explorer 10 preview flavor. The update brings, among others, improved Direct3D 11 device interoperability and D3D11_FEATURE_DATA_D3D9_OPTIONS feature detection.

"Portions of the "DirectX 11.1 Runtime" are being made available on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 via the Platform Update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB 2670838) included with the Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview for Windows 7. This includes the updated components above, but is limited to WDDM 1.1 drivers on Windows 7," Chuck Walbourn wrote.

KB 2670838 is installed as part of the IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7 download. It is also available as a standalone pre-release update (linked below).

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