Microsoft is touting IE 8 Beta 2 as a solid platform for business users. Pulled from the guide, here is the list of what the Softies are touting as IE 8 improvements for enterprise customers. Note: The “*” designates a new or enhanced feature, as of Beta 2.
- Standalone installation: Provides several ways to deploy Internet Explorer 8 plus customizations, or just the customizations.
- Slipstream installation*: Enables the deployment of Internet Explorer 8 as part of an operating system image.
- Managing user settings post-deployment: System administrators can easily update security settings, apply custom branding, and change other user and browser settings.
- Group Policy enhancements*: New Group Policy settings ease deployment, configuration and customization.
- Administrator Kit enhancements*: Enables system administrators to more easily configure desktop deployment settings for Internet Explorer.
- Application compatibility tools*: An enhanced Application Compatibility Toolkit and granular Group Policy settings help IT professionals detect and resolve potential compatibility issues.
- More granular management of ActiveX Controls: Provides increased control over how ActiveX Controls are installed and when they can be accessed.
- Richer enterprise Web applications: Companies can take advantage of new features such as Accelerators and Web Slices to make users more productive.
- Extended support life cycle: Internet Explorer 8 is supported for the life of the operating systems on which it runs, including dedicated enterprise-level updates and security response.
- Enterprise-class support: Internet Explorer 8 is supported by the Microsoft Support organization as part of the Windows operating system, enabling most enterprise customers to take advantage of existing support contracts.
- Scheduled software updates: Software updates for Internet Explorer 8 are released on a predictable schedule so that IT professionals can plan accordingly.