Internet Explorer 7 Final Released
Now that we’ve released IE7 in English, I want to update everyone on our plans for other languages. The short version is that we will be releasing IE7 in all languages available for each version of Windows – twenty-four fully localized languages in total. In two to three weeks, we’ll ship the Arabic, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish language versions. The remaining languages will be released in phases between November and January. I’ve listed the set of fully localized languages by operating system and platform below.
In addition to these full language versions, we will release the Multi-language User Interface (MUI) version in January, and the fifty-five Windows XP Professional Language Interface Pack (LIP) versions of Internet Explorer 7 after that. You can find more information on the Windows Multilanguage User Interface (MUI) Version and Windows XP Professional Language Interface Pack (LIP) at http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/muizone.mspx
Group Program Manager
Fully localized languages
Windows XP SP2 (x86)
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Windows Server 2003 SP1 (x86, Standard & Enterprise Editions)
Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Windows Server 2003 SP1 (x86, Data Center)
English, French, German Japanese, Spanish
Windows Internet Explorer for Windows 64 bit Client/Server (x64)
Windows Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 IA64 (ia64):
English, French, German, Japanese
Internet Explorer 7 MUI Pack for Windows XP
Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Language Interface Packs
Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani [Azeri] (Latin), Basque, Bengali (India), Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Estonian, Filipino, Galician, Georgian, Gujarati, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Inuktitut, Irish, Kannada, Kazakh, Konkani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Mapudungun, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian – Nynorsk, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi (India), Quechua, Romanian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Swahili (Kiswahili), Tamil, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tswana (Setswana), Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Zulu (isiZulu)
Be Ready for Automatic Update Distribution of IE7 by November 1
Now that IE7 has released, I want to remind everyone about the plan we announced back in July to distribute IE7 via Automatic Updates (AU) and point you to the readiness materials we’ve created.
To help you become more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE7 via Automatic Updates as a high-priority update. We will start very soon with those of you who are already running IE7 pre-releases and then move onto IE6 users after a few weeks. We will progressively roll out to all IE6 users over a few months, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see the update right away. (Of course, users who can’t wait that long can download IE7 from http://www.microsoft.com/ie.)
Of course we want to make sure you are ready to upgrade, so AU will notify you when IE7 is ready to install by presenting a welcome screen. You can choose whether or not to install it; IE7 will not install without your consent.
I also want to remind you that IE7 setup will preserve your current toolbars, home page, search settings, and favorites and will not change your choice of default browser. You will also be able to roll back to IE6 by using Add/Remove Programs. Only a user who is a local administrator will be offered the update. You can find more details and screenshots here.
Organizations using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and System Management Server (SMS) can manage the IE7 deployment like they do other updates. The IE7 package will be classified as an Update Roll-up and must be approved to install on designated groups of Windows XP and Server 2003 clients.
Organizations that use AU to keep their computers up-to-date can use a free Blocker Toolkit to block automatic delivery of IE7. This blocker has no expiration date; you can find more information in the blocker FAQ. I also recommend you review the additional information for IT administrators at the Windows Update/Microsoft Update site on TechNet. Organizations that want to block the distribution of IE7 through AU should have their blocking measures in place by November 1, 2006.
Group Program Manager
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