The preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 has been out in the wild ever since Microsoft released it back in November. Since then things have been clam and quiet on the browser front.
Until now, that is.
While there is no official word yet on when IE10 for Windows 7 is set to see light of day, Microsoft has nevertheless released something that provides a clue that it is preparing for the launch.
The IE10 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit was released on Wednesday, and you can grab it here. This small program is for companies that have enabled Automatic Updates for Windows 7 and want to block downloads of IE10 if they feel like they are not ready.
Businesses almost always test their applications for compatibility before upgrading to newer versions of software, particularly browsers.
As the post on the official Internet Explorer blog states:
“This Toolkit has no expiration date and is configured either by running the registry file on the client machine or by deploying Group Policy in domain joined environments. The toolkit also provides an unblock procedure that allows IE10 to be installed through Automatic Update.”
Meaning, the toolkit obviously does not block manual downloads of Internet Explorer 10. It will also not block the automatic download for the full version of IE 10 for those that have already installed the Release Preview version of Internet Explorer 10.
Still, the release of this toolkit is likely pointing to the fact that the final version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 is not that far away now.