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    Microsoft launches 'child-friendly' Internet Explorer


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    Excellent news! The CEOP button available to all... schools should roll this out as a mtter of course, I think.

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    Except, is isn't in any format which makes it easy to roll out in a network environment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Except, is isn't in any format which makes it easy to roll out in a network environment...
    Flipping typical

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    I've just contacted them about network installer versions of this software.

    Maybe we all should do that and then they may provide...

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    The "Instant Favourites" are just .url files in the user's Favorites folder. You can copy these into place using a script or Group Policy Preferences. Same should apply to the CEOP button, whicn is just a special .url file in the user's Favorites\Links folder, though I'm still working on how to get it to activate automatically as simply copying this file into place requires the user to click 'Subscribe' the first time the use it.

    The search provider is tricky too, but I've already written an MSI you can deploy via GPO that installs the appropriate registry settings into the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and populates a policy setting to allow you to turn it on. Microsoft normally recommend you write your own ADM template for this, but frankly, that's a pain in the posterior. Use the MSI and all you then have to do is enable the following already-existing GP setting:

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Add a specific list of search providers to the userís search provider list

    As usual, use at your own risk YMMV, but it works for me.
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    Unfortunately some of us are still stuck on IE7 thanks to ePortal compatibility...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Unfortunately some of us are still stuck on IE7 thanks to ePortal compatibility...
    Sorry to hijack a bit but have you actually got problems with ePortal? We were told that it just wasn't tested on IE8 - the tech team haven't actually heard of anything that doesn't work properly...

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    I don't have a thanks button in this thread so:

    @The Angry Technician

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes View Post
    Sorry to hijack a bit but have you actually got problems with ePortal? We were told that it just wasn't tested on IE8 - the tech team haven't actually heard of anything that doesn't work properly...
    In all fairness, no - I have IE8 on my machine here and it always seems fine, but then the only reason I ever log in to ePortal is to check it works every morning, so I'm unlikely to find anything that would break. From speaking to a Serco engineer, they won't support IE8 while they still have to support IE6 due to the enormous differences in the way they implement standards (or not, in the case of the former).

    I just know that if ever anything broke in ePortal, IE8 would likely be blamed and we'd get no support until we downgraded again :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    In all fairness, no - I have IE8 on my machine here and it always seems fine, but then the only reason I ever log in to ePortal is to check it works every morning, so I'm unlikely to find anything that would break. From speaking to a Serco engineer, they won't support IE8 while they still have to support IE6 due to the enormous differences in the way they implement standards (or not, in the case of the former).

    I just know that if ever anything broke in ePortal, IE8 would likely be blamed and we'd get no support until we downgraded again :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Unfortunately some of us are still stuck on IE7 thanks to ePortal compatibility...
    What about if its in compatibility mode?

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    ++rep to TheLibrarian

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    What about if its in compatibility mode?
    I'd like to think it would work and satisfy Serco (depends on the engineer you get for support, I guess) - is there a GPO to force this though? Having just had to explain tabbed browsing to staff I think Compatibility View may be a step too far

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    RM also don't officially support IE8 yet AFAIK, as it's still in 'Field Trial' on both CC3 and CC4. I haven't dared update in case it breaks the web-based management console, as I can't be bothered having a fight with RM about why it that shouldn't even be possible.

    The search provider works in IE7, however, albeit without search suggestions.

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