October 9th, 2006
The release candidate for Internet Explorer 7 has been available for some time now, so we know that it's not far off being ready to ship. However, Brian Krebs of Washington Post's Security Fix blog thinks that this could mean that it's available as early as tomorrow.
Last week, Security Fix mentioned that Microsoft intends to ship 11 patches tomorrow, including a "high-priority update." According to a post on the company's IE blog, that high-priority update could be IE7, a long overdue upgrade to IE 6 that includes new security features and other enhancements that most other Web browsers have long possessed. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to say whether IE7 would be released tomorrow, saying only that it would be released sometime this month.
Now while this could well happen, I'm doubtful that that the first sign that we'll see of IE7 will be on Windows Update. I think that Microsoft will offer it for download separately first and then later push it via the Automatic Update system.
Why do I think this? Well, first, take a look at the wording of the "IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?" post on IEBlog:
The final release of IE7 is fast approaching … and I mean really fast … and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it’s available for download. We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there.
That doesn't sound like we're going to see it tomorrow, does it? On top of that, the Microsoft update servers have a finite capacity and trying to push the IE7 installer down the pipe along with 10 other updates could put a lot of pressure on the system.
My guess is that Microsoft will make IE7 available for download sometime this month (maybe tomorrow) but that it won't hit the Automatic Update servers until later. That's my guess, but I'm ready to have egg on my face tomorrow if I see it come in with the other updates!
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