Internet Explorer Will Auto Update Itself

By | December 15, 2011 | 14 Comments

Internet Explorer Will Auto Update ItselfWeb developers breathe sigh of relief.

It looks like the good news day is not yet over as Microsoft has just announced plans to start rolling out updates for the older versions of Internet Explorer

According to the official blog post, starting from January, users will be prompted to update their web browser to Internet Explorer 9; this includes Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 machines.

Ryan Gavin, the Senior Director of Internet Explorer said:

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. IE is how millions of Windows customers connect to the Web, so keeping that part of Windows updated at all times is critical to keeping them safe online. With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer seamlessly without any “update fatigue” issues.

However, in case automatic updates are disabled, you won’t be upgraded, just as it should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Woohoo! Internet Explorer is actually getting somewhere! I can’t wait to see the old IE shares drop.

  • IE & Opera Fanboy

    This is good move for industries & consumers both.
    All XP users will have IE 8 
    Vista & Win7 Users will have IE 9.

    • Sarjoor

      No, this is NOT a good move for industries.  It will just be another IT headache to ensure auto-update is OFF for industry users.  One of the reasons old IE is still around is because IT departments keep using it because their business systems are only supported for old IE.

      • Saex Conroy

        maybe they should update them, because this shit is getting really old

        • rennmaxbeta

          If it still works, why fix it and spend unnecessary money doing so?

          • Shane Bundy

            One less update for them to do. Saves time, but it will cost more to fix their apps for compatibility.

    • Mikah

      No they won’t users will be prompted not forced they can refuse & hide the updates or if they do upgrade to the latest browser & don’t like it they can uninstall it.

  • Shane Bundy

    They took their time, didn’t they? *No trolling intended*

  • rennmaxbeta

    But XP does not support IE9, according to Microsoft.

    • Shane Bundy

      That is true, but I think the idea was to stop people from using older IE versions (namely IE6).

  • Guesty Guest

    The only real benefit I could see is that people with Windows 7 who use IE9 as their browser of choice will be automatically updated to IE10 when it comes out. Likewise, in the meantime, IE8 users will be upgraded to IE9 in the meantime. God help you if somehow you have Windows 7 but are still browsing with IE8.

    This is completely irrelevant in my mind for all those people on Windows XP. They can’t go further than IE8 and it is not a good browser. Not when you compare it against IE9, Firefox or Chrome.

    Am I correct in thinking that Windows 8 will have IE10 pre-installed as it’s default browser?

    Although these updates are silent, to extent are they forced? I read somewhere that people have the option of saying no to them. Not sure if it’s true.

    • Sarjoor

      I don’t think you have properly evaluated each IE version.  Everyone on XP with IE8 is perfectly fine.  IE 8 is not that bad, you know.

      • Holla nd

        It works pretty good compared to IE6 & 7

  • Anonymous

    What I like about IE is that it does not slow over time.

    The old IE would come to a crawl with toolbars.