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Internet Explorer 8 for IT Professionals?

The IE Team Blog has made a detailed post of each upcoming features announced at Tech Ed IT Pro 2008 in Orlando in Internet Explorer 8 to help IT Professionals deploy and manage IE8 within their organization.

Over the last year we’ve surveyed over 2000 IT Professionals to understand their concerns and priorities for deploying and managing desktops and software within their organization. We learned that IT Pros have a lot of things to worry about – more than 30 different concerns came up. However, some topics arose considerably more frequently than others. Here are the top ones:

  • Deployment and implementation of new technology
  • Managing updates and upgrades
  • Application compatibility
  • Security of data, network and systems

Internet Explorer 7 already has a pretty strong deployment and management story. For IE7 IT Pros are able to:

  • Generate customized builds that include company’s settings and branding by using Internet Explorer Administration Kit(IEAK)
  • Centrally manage browser settings through group policy
  • Use common deployment infrastructures like Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services, Systems Management Server and Active Directory

In addition to deployment and management support, IE 7 introduced a number of features intended to help your users browse more safely and hence protect your corporate data, network and systems:

  • Phishing Filter
  • ActiveX Opt-in
  • Extended Validation Certificates

IE7 did a lot to address the concerns of the IT Professionals but we felt there were some places we could improve. Yesterday, we announced some of our new features:

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