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IS&T offering full support for Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, XP, and Vista

An online document outlines known issues with Internet Explorer 8 at MIT.
Information Services & Technology (IS&T) now offers full support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) on Windows 7, XP, and Vista, and is delivering IE8 to machines subscribed to the MIT Windows Automatic Update Service (WAUS).

In collaboration with departments, labs, and centers (DLCs), IS&T has been thoroughly testing IE8 since its initial release by Microsoft last year and has worked on resolving compatibility issues with various internal and external sites. At this time, IS&T has found that:
  • Upgrading to IE8 from IE7 works as expected, preserving user settings, bookmarks, and MIT personal certificates.
  • Before obtaining a new MIT personal certificate, users will need to run the MIT Certificate Installer Tool for Internet Explorer.
  • The MIT Certificate Installer Tool for Internet Explorer is also needed for ECAT and SAPweb access. Additionally, ECAT users should see the Known Issues documentation regarding a non-default selection for an IE8 security warning.
  • The MIT Certificate Installer Tool is not needed for domain users and they do not have to implement any of the workarounds documented for IE8.
  • IE8's new features and improvements in security and usability will change how users interact with the browser.
For a comprehensive list of issues, see the Internet Explorer 8 for Windows: Known Issues page.
Getting help

For help with installing or using IE8, contact the IS&T Computing Help Desk at 617-253-1101 or You can also submit a request online.
For more information on IE8, see IS&T's Internet Explorer 8 for Windows page.

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