Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 4.0 deployment tools

Microsoft has introduced a migration-tool sidekick to share the stage with Internet Explorer 4.0 at its September 30 launch. The company announced the IE 4.0 Administration Kit and the IE Corporate Deployment Guide, tools it says are designed to let IS managers customise, deploy and administer IE 4.0 from a central location. Both tools will be available September 30, though a new Microsoft Web resource aimed at 4.0 developers and IS managers is available now.

Microsoft has introduced a migration-tool sidekick to share the stage with Internet Explorer 4.0 at its September 30 launch.

Microsoft announced the IE 4.0 Administration Kit and the IE Corporate Deployment Guide, tools it says are designed to let IS managers customise, deploy and administer IE 4.0 from a central location. Both tools will be available September 30, though a new Microsoft Web resource aimed at 4.0 developers and IS managers is available now.

The Administration Kit includes a Set-up Wizard with which managers working from a single location can customize and lock down browser features, such as proxy server information, security zones, Active Desktop items and Active Channel. The kit also includes a Profile Manager, which is designed to let managers centrally manage Windows desktop settings.

The Deployment Guide offers administrators examples of best practices for deploying IE 4.0 on corporate intranets based on beta testers' findings, officials said. In addition, the Guide contains a migration planning checklist that spells out what IS managers should consider when upgrading to IE 4.0, Microsoft officials say.

The Intranet Solutions Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.microsoft.com/intranet/ is designed to give managers and Web developers sample applications and software templates for their Web applications, developed by Microsoft Certified Solution Providers, officials say.

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