Microsoft announced on Thursday its plans to bring automatic upgrades to Internet Explorer on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Microsoft is planning to start the automatic updates in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have automatic updating enabled via Windows Update. “The Web overall is better – and safer – when more people run the most up-to-date browser,” said Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin in a blog post on Thursday. “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.”
Microsoft’s automatic updates for Internet Explorer will ensure web users are better protected whilst surfing online. The software maker will also provide ways to block the automatic updates, particularly useful in enterprise and business environments. The Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkit will prevent upgrades of IE for customers who do not wish to upgrade immediately. “Customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated,” explained Gavin. “Future versions of IE will provide an option in the product for consumers to opt out of automatic upgrading.”
Recent builds of Windows 8 include automatic updates enabled for Internet Explorer 10. Windows 8 build 8158 demonstrates that the option is enabled in the about Internet Explorer dialog box, named “Install new versions automatically.”