Over the past few months, many of you have shared with me your need to continue to be able to offer support for Internet Explorer 6 specific application while rolling out Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 into your organization. Suggestions for walkthroughs, papers and application compatibility lists were made by many of you. Based on those conversations, I am very happy to offer the following resources to help you.
- Migrating from Windows Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP to Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7: Strategy, Standards, and Support – As organizations deploy Windows 7, many still depend on web applications that were designed for Internet Explorer 6. Will they still work, and what can you do when they don’t? On Sept 30th, join a panel of IT Professionals, Microsoft specialists and technical experts to discuss best practices to simplify and accelerate the migration to Internet Explorer 8. Topics will include an explanation of the causes of and solutions for application compatibility issues (including policy, code, and virtualization solutions), an introduction to tools, and a review of best practices. Send us your questions to be discussed on the show to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Internet Explorer 8 Application Compatibility List for IT professionals – The Internet Explorer 8 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications which are compatible or not compatible with Internet Explorer 8, based on public support statements from software publishers, or statements made to Microsoft from software publishers. This list will be updated on a regular basis.
- Addressing Application Compatibility When Migrating to Internet Explorer 8 – Many corporations are still relying on Internet Explorer 6 based web applications that have been built and customized over the past decade. Organizations planning to deploy Windows 7 need to have a comprehensive strategy and an execution plan in place to migrate legacy web applications to Internet Explorer 8. This document provides IT professionals a detailed overview of Internet Explorer 8 compatibility issues and discusses remediation strategies for migrating web applications, while providing an introduction to tools and processes. Watch for the companion developer piece coming to MSDN soon!
- Internet Explorer local URL lockdown restriction – This screen cast shows how you can lock down Internet Explorer 6 or greater to only browse to the URLs you specify. This is most commonly used when you are virtualizing IE 6 or 7 for legacy applications and using IE 8 or greater for your primary browser which is not locked down
- Solving Enterprise Application Compatibility Issues with Internet Explorer 8 (Part 1 of 2) and (Part 2 of 2) – By far, the single largest obstacle to deployment of Windows Internet Explorer 8 for many organizations is the 10 years of accumulated Web applications that may have a dependency on Windows Internet Explorer 6. How big is the problem really? How can you address it using best practices gleaned from Microsoft Enterprise Services engagements with other enterprise customers? In this video, we explore the workflow, the tools to leverage through this workflow, and the remediation techniques Microsoft Enterprise Services has used with other large customers to successfully navigate the application compatibility challenge.
- Internet Explorer Virtualization with MED-V – Learn how you can utilize MED-V to virtualize your web applications which require Internet Explorer 6 or 7 in your environment. If your organization is considering an upgrade to Windows 7 or Internet Explorer 8 but is concerned about the expense, time, and IT staff effort needed to update your older (or legacy) LOB web applications, using a virtualization option might be a an effective solution until you can run your web applications natively with IE 8.