Internet Explorer 8 is now available via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

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Internet Explorer 8 is now available via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

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If you manage your organization’s PCs using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) I’m pleased to announce that we have made Internet Explorer 8 available via this technology for the following languages and platforms:

Internet Explorer 8 releases on WSUS for August 25, 2009

Windows Vista

All supported languages

Windows Server 2008

All supported languages

Windows Server 2003

All supported languages

Windows XP

English; Arabic; Chinese (Traditional); Chinese (Simplified); Czech; Danish; Dutch; Finnish; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hungarian; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese (Portugal); Portuguese (Brazil); Russian; Spanish; Swedish; Turkish

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Language Packs

On September 22, 2009 all supported languages will be available via WSUS, with the release of the following versions of Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP:

Internet Explorer 8 releases on WSUS for September 22, 2009

Windows XP

Bosnian (Cyrillic); Bosnian (Latin); Bulgarian; Catalan; Croatian; Estonian; Hindi; Latvian; Lithuanian; Macedonian; Romanian; Serbian (Cyrillic); Serbian (Latin); Thai; Ukranian; Vietnamese; Albanian; Assamese; Basque; Bengali (Bangladesh); Bengali (India); Gujarati; Indonesian; Kannada; Kazakh; Konkani; Malay (Malaysia); Malayalam; Marathi; Punjabi; Tamil; Telugu


How do I control my Internet Explorer 8 deployment?

Internet Explorer 8 is available in the “Update rollup” category, and will appear in your WSUS administration console as follows:

WSUS administration console

Note that even if Auto-Approve for the “Update Rollup” category is on, Internet Explorer 8 will not automatically be deployed- you must approve the Internet Explorer 8 License Terms before Internet Explorer 8 is deployed to your downstream clients.  As the Internet Explorer 8 License Terms are shared between all  Internet Explorer 8 WSUS items, once you accept the license terms for any of the items, the remaining items may be approved without accepting them.

WSUS console displaying the IE8 EULA

What other Internet Explorer 8 updates will be available via WSUS?

Today we have also released the standalone Language Packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 to WSUS under the “Update” category.  Also, cumulative security updates for Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List updates will be made available via WSUS as they are released.

Where can I find more Internet Explorer 8 deployment information?

Visit the Internet Explorer TechNet Center – among other useful resources you’ll find an Internet Explorer Deployment Guide and information about the Internet Explorer Administration Kit which explains how to generate a MSI installer and distribute it using Systems Management Server or Group Policy.

Eric Hebenstreit
Lead Program Manager

Update 8/26: changing references to EULA to License Terms.
Update 12/17/09: Removing Slovakian and Slovenian from the list of supported languages for Windows XP via WSUS for release 9/22.  These were added incorrectly.

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