Microsoft Announces Automatic Upgrades For Internet Explorer


Today Microsoft made a great announcement that they are going to automatically upgrade all the Internet Explorer to the latest version in all versions of Windows. This is a huge news for developers who are waiting for older versions of Internet Explorer to get upgraded. Consumers are also going to benefit from this move since they will stay with the latest browser version which will be more faster, secure,etc, without their intervention. Microsoft has also allowed enterprise to block this update if they want.

Today 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. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take a measured approach, scaling up over time.

As always, when upgrading from one version of Internet Explorer to the next through Windows Update, the user’s home page, search provider, and default browser remains unchanged.

More on this here. 

  • Vasp

    Good move, but how does that affect enterprise users? I bet a whole chunk of the IE6,7,8 browsers are actually nested in corporate machines…

    • Ramona Morris Lukaschuk

      If they are a poorly managed shop, they use individual auto updates and will get the new browser just like Gramma at home.
      If they are a well managed shop and centrally control and dole out the updates, then hopefully they care enough about vulnerabilities in their environment to be actively trying to get to IE9 (or another browser) and will be there soon.
      The only group left are those who aren’t running auto update.  I dont think we have to worry about making the web look pretty for them as their machines have long ago joined the bot armies and cause so much unhappiness on the inter-tubez. 

      • Chris Georgeson

        Exactly. As Long as they are on a WSUS server there GPO’s would be pointing to the internal server instead of (or whatever it is).
        MS knows they can’t screw over the Enterprise hence the terrible IE6 on XP.

      • Anonymous

        Ahmm… application compatibility is a issue for corporate users :)