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IEAK 10 Licensing Guidelines

In addition to the Software License Terms for the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 10 (IEAK 10) (IEAK 10, the "software"), these Guidelines further define how you may and may not use the software to create versions of Internet Explorer 10 with optional customizations (the "customized browser") for internal use and distribution in accordance with the IEAK 10 Software License Terms. IEAK 10 is for testing purposes only and is not intended to be used in a production environment.

Customization Guidelines

Two installation modes are available to you, depending on how you are planning to use the customized browser created with the software. Each mode requires a separate installation of the software.

  1. External Distribution
    This mode is available to anyone who wants to create a customized browser for distribution outside their company (for example, websites, magazines, retailers, non-profit organizations, independent hardware vendors, independent software vendors, Internet service providers, Internet content providers, software developers, and marketers).
  2. Internal Distribution
    This mode is available to companies for the creation and distribution of a customized browser only to their employees over a corporate intranet.

The table below identifies which customizations you may or may not perform based on the mode you selected.

Feature NameExternal DistributionInternal Distribution
Custom Components (Browser Helper Object, Plug-ins, Explorer Bars)YesYes
Title BarYesYes
FavoritesOne folder, containing any number of links.Any number of folders/links.
Search Provider URLsYesYes
Search Guide URLNoYes
Online Support URLYesYes
Web SliceSuggested maximum five Web Slices.Any number of Web Slices.
AcceleratorSearch provider Accelerator must be the same as the search provider set for the Search Toolbox. We recommend that Any number of Accelerators/Accelerator Categories. Feature Name External Internal Accelerator category not exceed seven total categories, and each Accelerator category must be unique. We recommend each Accelerator category not have more than two Accelerators. The Accelerator display name should follow the syntax of verb + noun, such as "Map with Bing."Any number of Accelerators/Accelerator Categories.
Homepage URLsCan add a maximum of three.Unlimited.
First Run Wizard and Welcome Page OptionsCannot remove Internet Explorer 10 First Run wizard. Can customize Welcome Page.Customizable.
RSS FeedsOne folder, containing any number of links.Any number of folders/links.
Browsing OptionsNoYes
Security and Privacy SettingsNoCan add any number of sites.
Corporate Options (Latest Updates, Default Browser, Uninstall Info, Additional Settings)NoYes
User Experience (Setup/Restart)NoYes
User Agent StringYesYes
Compatibility ViewYesYes
Connection Settings and ManageYesYes


Support for some of the Internet Explorer settings on the wizard pages varies depending on your target operating system. For more information, see Internet Explorer 10 Settings in IEAK 10.

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Distribution Guidelines

  • External Distribution
    You shall use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the quality of (i) any non-Microsoft software distributed with Internet Explorer 10, and (ii) any media used for distribution (e.g., optical media, flash drives), at a level that meets or exceeds the highest industry standards.

    If you distribute add-ons with Internet Explorer 10, those add-ons must comply with the guidelines at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=254505.
  • Internal Distribution - Corporate Intranet
    The software is solely for use by your employees within your company's organization and affiliated companies through your corporate intranet. Neither you nor any of your employees may permit redistribution of the software to or for use by third parties other than for third parties such as consultants, contractors, and temporary staff accessing your corporate intranet.
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