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Internet Explorer 9 – Group Policy Settings and other FAQ for IT Pros

Internet Explorer 9 FAQ for IT Professionals

Group Policy Settings Reference Windows Internet Explorer 9

This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Internet Explorer 9. The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Internet Explorer 5, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit).

Group Policy Settings (TechNet)

Microsoft® Windows® Internet Explorer® 8 provided nearly 1,500 Group Policy settings that IT pros can use to manage and control the web browser configuration. For example, Internet Explorer 8 provided Group Policy settings that govern access to settings on the Internet Options dialog box, define security zones, and add or remove websites in a security zone. Internet Explorer 9 adds new Group Policy settings to support new features. Table 3 describes some of these new Group Policy settings. Note that from Internet Explorer 9 Beta to Internet Explorer 9, a few additional policies have been added, based on new features in Internet Explorer 9 and user feedback.

Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 9

To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 9 as an important update through Automatic Updates for Windows Vista SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows Server 2008 SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows 7 x86 RTM and higher and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and higher for x64. This Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 9 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.

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Experience a Richer, more immersive Web: Download Internet Explorer 9 beta today

Few days back, I had blogged about the meet which I attended with the IE9 team at the local Microsoft office, discussing on lot of stuffs which the community has been talking about the Internet Explorer. Its glad to see, some of them being already part of this latest version of the browser., and without doubts the handpicked feature is an inbuilt Download Manager.

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the availability of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta for its consumers in India. Enabling a more beautiful and immersive Web, Microsoft has re-imagined the role of the browser with Windows and Internet Explorer 9 to deliver an experience that makes the Web feel as native as consumers’ favorite PC applications. Using full capabilities of Windows and hardware, IE9 enables a version of the Web that is faster, cleaner and more trusted by default. In short, IE9 is helping the Web go native and unlocking the beauty of the Web. Consumers can download the beta today at

Internet Explorer 9

Keeping in mind the changing consumer needs, the new browser has been made for customers who love rich Web applications and developers who love to build them. In India, Microsoft has partnered with some of the most popular websites – Rediff India, Zapak Games, Indiatimes & – to bring alive the IE9 capabilities and to further leverage the power of the whole PC. These experiences will be available to consumers in the coming weeks. Globally, Microsoft has partnered with over 70 top websites and global brands who have created new experiences to show off the capabilities of Internet Explorer 9 and whose collective reach is over 800 million visitors or about two thirds of the active people on the Web. These partners include Amazon, eBay, IMDB, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Announcing the availability, Hemant Sachdev, Managing Director – Consumer & Online, Microsoft India said, “Consumers today use the Web as a source of entertainment, education, information and as a platform for communication. Keeping all these consumer needs in mind, we have made unprecedented investments to develop our latest browser, Internet Explorer 9 which has been made site-centric rather than browser centric. Clean and minimalistic looking, IE9 redefines browsing as we know it today, and deliver a whole new, beautiful online experience.”

IE9 has been re-engineered to use computing power in an interesting way. The new browser continues to be your trusted companion for browsing the Web while its user interface elevates websites and applications using features like:

  • Pinned Sites: Favorite websites can be pinned to the Windows taskbar for shortcut access
  • Tear-off tabs: When users need to use more than one website to accomplish a task, this feature helps with side-by side comparison (using Aero Snap feature in Windows 7)
  • Integrated Windows 7 navigation: Web navigation is easier in Internet Explorer 9 with features that are integrated with Windows 7 navigation, such as Jump Lists, Aero® Snap, tear-off tabs, and thumbnail controls. This allows users to get to their favorite sites and content quickly and carry out common tasks for each site right from the Windows 7 jump list
  • Add-on performance advisor: Notifies users when add-ons are slowing down their browsing session
  • SmartScreen Filter: Now integrates scans into the new Download Manager, using Download Reputation to remove unnecessary warnings for well-known files

Customer and Partner Excitement- Consumers will now experience an immersive and trusted Web experience with IE9. Partners worldwide are excited about the launch and have already built Web experiences on their websites that take advantage of IE9. Globally, Microsoft has already partnered with over 70 top websites and global brands including the top social networking sites – Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn; the No. 1 site for retail –; auction – eBay; and entertainment information – IMDB. In India, Microsoft’s launch partners are Rediff India, IndiaTimes, and Zapak Games.

Endorsing the capabilities of IE9, Sumit Rajwade, Vice President – Technology, India Ltd. “Our association with Microsoft goes way back when IE 4.0 was launched with DHTML capabilities all the way to IE8 last year. We are happy taking it to a new level by leveraging features in IE9 for our social music streaming product –SongBuzz. SongBuzz now uses HTML5 capabilities which come with IE9 such as audio tagging, local storage and the ability to integrate with Windows 7, hence delivering a differentiated social music experience. What we’ve experienced while building Songbuzz for IE9 – it truly redefined browsing!”

On their association with IE9, Deepak Abbot, Vice President –, Zapak Digital Entertainment Ltd. said, “With the beta availability of IE9, Zapak will take on a new smooth and sleek avatar. With HTML5 for gaming, can now deliver a whole new and rich user experience to consumers. can now be directly installed on consumer PCs just like any standard Windows application; hence making it quick and easy for our users. What’s more, with IE9, consumers will be able to personalize their Web page and share games with their friends on social networks such as Windows Live. We are very excited about the IE9 beta launch and are happy to be one Microsoft India’s first partners to bring consumers a redefined online gaming experience.”

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Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable: Migrating from Internet Explorer 6 to IE8

Join the Springboard Series Team live at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, September 30, 2010 for a virtual, interactive roundtable discussion on migration strategies, standards, and support for organizations moving from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8.

As organizations deploy Windows 7, many still depend on web applications that were designed for Internet Explorer 6. Will they still work, and what can you do when they don’t? Join a panel of IT Professionals, Microsoft specialists and technical experts to discuss best practices to simplify and accelerate the migration to Internet Explorer 8. Topics will include an explanation of the causes of and solutions for application compatibility issues (including policy, code, and virtualization solutions), an introduction to tools, and a review of best practices.

Ask your questions live during the event with the online tool – or submit your questions in advance to

Find answers to your Windows client OS deployment and management questions with resources, tools, and tested guidance from the Springboard Series on TechNet.

Missed a previous Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable? Watch them on demand.

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Try Internet Explorer (IE) 9 Platform Preview 3

The IE9 Platform Preview 3 is available via the IE Test Drive site! The developer preview was released at MIX 2010 earlier.

The Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 3 will give you a glimpse of what’s coming in Internet Explorer 9, the next version of the world’s most popular Web browser. A word of caution that this Preview is meant for developers and doesn’t include all the “user” features. The PP3 installs side by side with IE8.

IE9 is where same mark-up and performance meet hardware acceleration to shatter the glass ceiling on the Web – creating endless possibilities of rich, powerful Web applications. Let’s take a sneak peek into what’s so cool about IE9 PP3:

  1. IE9 uses your whole PC to unlock the next class of experiences for the web. It is one of the fastest browsers today and the new JavaScript engine translates into an even faster IE 9.
  2. IE9 introduces GPU-powered Canvas & GPU-powered <audio> and <video>and moves the browser from running on a crowded, single CPU to the fast, spacious GPU. Microsoft’s partnership with NVIDIA and AMD/ATI enables a solid understanding of GPU-CPU compatibility.
  3. Increasing the support for standards is just part of the equation for creating the next version of the world’s most popular browser. Additionally, they have added new tools for developers to enable them create rich, standards-compliant, interoperable Web applications while making it easy for them to test and debug their web sites.
  4. Includes expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and a new JavaScript engine. Together these allow developers to use the same markup and deliver graphically and functionally rich Web applications that take advantage of modern PC hardware through a modern operating system.

Test Drive the Internet Explorer (IE) 9 Platform Preview 3 here

Thanks Abhishek for this information!

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Download Internet Explorer 9 – Developer Preview

5/5/2010 – Update:

The Second Internet Explorer Platform Preview is out here (via Tim Sneath) with more JS performance, HTML5 stuff and CSS 3 improvements, Do check it out :

A nice read on HTML5 and Same Markup: Second IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

Today, Microsoft is making the first developer preview of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 at MIX2010. The developer preview is available for download now. Microsoft retools its browser with HTML5, accelerated graphics. There are lots of demo applications which are built in to test the Speed, HTML5 and Graphics Demos. IE9 has a new JavaScript engine, and it’s screaming fast, it beats Firefox 3.6 on SunSpide. Rounded corners show up well.

Internet Explorer 9 Demos

The developer Preview is available for download here

The IE 9 Platform Preview doesn’t include the IE 9 user interface; instead, it is the plumbing, specifically the new Microsoft JavaScript engine (which is codenamed “Chakra”) and the new graphics subsystem, coupled with a home page full of test sites. There’s no back button and no built-in security. It’s basically the IE 9 rendering engine and early developer tools.

A sample Flying images demo –

IE 9 Flying Images Demo

IE9 Preview and Chrome showing the same demo, check at the FPS difference –

IE9 and Chrome comparision

HTML5 applications are a lot richer and demanding, in terms of graphics and speed than Ajax applications. Microsoft is planning to deliver a lot more preview builds of IE 9 before it hits beta. In fact, the team is committing to delivering an update every eight weeks, and to interact with developers via the Microsoft Connect feedback loop.

IE9 will not be available on Windows XP as IE9’s GPU-powered graphics take advantage of new technologies available in Windows 7 and back-ported only to Windows Vista.

Via – [ZdNet]

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TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8

internet-explorer-8You are probably excited about the new Windows 7 operating system, and the Windows Internet Explorer 8 Web browser comes as part of the package. You may have seen the demos of new features and tools that are available, but you are still using Internet Explorer 6. The demos are always simplified, and you see pages with a single issue conveniently fixed using a click of a button. But it is definitely not that easy. You could have thousands of apps, many of them packaged, or you could be prevented from accessing the code because it is part of a product you bought.

Attend this demonstration-heavy webcast, have your questions answered by the experts and learn what IT professionals do in real-world scenarios to configure, manage, deploy, and ensure the compatibility of their Web applications with Internet Explorer 8. 

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 6:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

You can register for this webcast here. You will need a Windows Live / Hotmail id to process your registration.

I would also recommend you read these article on How to Fix Browser Compatiblity Issues and OS Version Issues.

Presenters of this session: Chris Jackson*, Principal Consultant and the Technical Lead of the Windows Application Experience SWAT Team, Microsoft Corporation and Maggie Chen, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

*Chris Jackson is a widely recognized expert in the field of Windows Application Compatibility, creating the technical documentation, training, and service offerings used inside and outside of Microsoft based on years of real-world experience with enterprise customers and independent software vendors.

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Google pulls off its support for Internet Explorer 6 on 1st Mar

Google says that it will drop support of IE 6 for Google Docs on Mar 1. High on the priority list is Internet Explorer 6, but also included are Chrome 3, Firefox 2, and Safari 2 in the future.  Having Chrome 3 on the list is something of a surprise! 

The phasing out support of these older browsers starts on March 1st, 2010 beginning with Google Docs and Site Editor. Later in the year, the support for Gmail and Calendar will be pulled off!

I just received this below email from the Google Apps team, few minutes back! 

Dear Google Apps admin,​ 

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology.  This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5.  As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers. 

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010.  After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar. 

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above. 

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser.  We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change. 

In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience.  We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses. 

Thank you for your continued support! 


The Google Apps team