Automatic Browser Updates Coming For IE Users
After years of complaints about Microsoft’s internet browser never getting updated, the software giant from Redmond has announced that Internet Explorer (IE) will be quietly updated via auto-updates. This will allow software-phobic computer users to join the rest of the internet with its security updates and advanced features, reports Gavin Clarke for The Register.
“Everyone benefits from an up-to-date browser,” Ryan Gavin, general manager of Internet Explorer business and marketing tells Dave Neal of The Inquirer. “We are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward.”
You will not be forced to update if you’ve deliberately decided old is your thing, but in January Microsoft will begin auto updating your old version of IE to the latest edition available for your machine’s operating system. Australia and Brazil will see the first updates if automatic updating is switched on via Windows Update.
Platforms to be modernized include Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The policy means Windows XP holdouts on IE6 or IE7 get booted up to IE8 while Windows Vista and 7 users still on IE7 or even on Windows 8 get shunted up to IE9, released in March. You can opt out if you like, but the more up to date you are the more secure your system will remain.
“The Web overall is better – and safer – when more people run the most up-to-date browser. Our goal is to make sure that Windows customers have the most up-to-date and safest browsing experience possible, with the best protections against malicious software such as malware,” added Gavin.
“For consumers, the safety benefits are one of the key reasons that the industry has been moving towards automatic updates as the norm. We want to make updating to the best protection possible as fast and simple as we can for Windows customers.”
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