IEAK 11 Licensing Guidelines
In addition to the Software License Terms for the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11 (IEAK 11) (IEAK 11, the "software"), these Guidelines further define how you may and may not use the software to create versions of Internet Explorer 11 with optional customizations (the "customized browser") for internal use and distribution in accordance with the IEAK 11 Software License Terms. IEAK 11 is for testing purposes only and is not intended to be used in a production environment.
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.
- 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).
- 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 Name||External Distribution||Internal Distribution|
|Favorites||One folder, containing any number of links.||Any number of folders/links.|
|Search Provider URLs||Yes||Yes|
|Search Guide URL||No||Yes|
|Online Support URL||Yes||Yes|
|Web Slice||Suggested maximum five Web Slices.||Any number of Web Slices.|
|Accelerator||Search 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 URLs||Can add a maximum of three.||Unlimited.|
|First Run Wizard and Welcome Page Options||Cannot remove Internet Explorer 11 First Run wizard. Can customize Welcome page.||Customizable.|
|RSS Feeds||One folder, containing any number of links.||Any number of folders/links.|
|Security and Privacy Settings||No||Can add any number of sites.|
|Corporate Options (Latest Updates, Default Browser, Uninstall Info, Additional Settings)||No||Yes|
|User Experience (Setup/Restart)||No||Yes|
|User Agent String||Yes||Yes|
|Connection Settings and Manage||Yes||Yes|
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 Customization Wizard 11 options.
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- External Distribution
You shall use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the quality of (i) any non-Microsoft software distributed with Internet Explorer 11, 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 11, those add-ons must comply with the guidelines at
- 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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