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Everyone benefits from an up-to-date browser.
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.
Good for Consumers, Developers and Enterprises
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.
For consumers, the safety benefits are one of the key reasons that the industry has been moving towards automatic updates as the norm. This is increasingly important since the biggest online threat these days is socially engineered malware, which typically targets outdated software like Web browsers. The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which is based on data from over 600 million systems in over 100 countries, is good reading to give you a sense of risks that stem from outdated software.
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.
Wider deployment of the most up-to-date browser benefits the Web in other ways as well. Developers and online businesses can rely on better browsers to deliver richer and more capable Web experiences. We built IE9 with a focus on modern web standards and interoperability so that developers could spend less time coding for specific browsers and spend more time building the next big thing on the Web. More of the Web running an HTML5 capable browser, vs. something built ten years ago, is a great thing for developers and the businesses they support.
Respecting Customer Choice and Control
While the benefits of upgrading are numerous, we recognize that some organizations and individuals may want to opt-out and set their own upgrade pace. One of the things we’re committed to as we move to auto updates is striking the right balance for consumers and enterprises – getting consumers the most up-to-date version of their browser while allowing enterprises to update their browsers on their schedule. The Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits prevent automatic upgrades of IE for Windows customers who do not want them. Of course, we firmly believe that IE9 is the most compelling browser for business customers, and we want them to make the decision to upgrade at their convenience. Commercial customers can learn more about how this auto upgrade affects them here.
Similarly, customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated. Customers have the ability to uninstall updates and continue to receive support for the version of IE that came with their copy of Windows. And similar to organizations, consumers can block the update all together and upgrade on their own. Finally, future versions of IE will provide an option in the product for consumers to opt out of automatic upgrading.
Peter Clarke, Chief Technology Officer for the Isle of Man government, recently talked about the importance of approach in moving the Web forward, while respecting customer choice:
“Getting people to use the latest browser version has many benefits, chief among them is that newer browsers have better security features and keep users safer. The Internet Explorer team’s balanced approach to helping people move to the latest version is a good idea. Not only does it help individual users, it also takes into consideration the needs of enterprises.”
Jeremiah Grossman, Chief Technology Officer and founder of WhiteHat Security agrees as well, saying…
"Automatic updates are a very good idea based on every piece of security research I've seen. Keeping software up to date - particularly Web browsers - is critical for online security. With that in mind, I'm pleased that Microsoft is moving toward an automatic update model, particularly since their approach balances the needs of enterprise customers who still need a mechanism to manage software updates."
We are excited to help make the Web better by upgrading Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Ryan Gavin General Manager, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing
Great news! As a web developer, we'll all be glad to see users on more modern versions of IE. My question though is how will this affect XP users? Are the latest versions of IE 9 don't work on these browsers, is it just being accepted that they are on an unsupported version of Windows & therefore won't get these auto updates?
Good campaign but what is your objective. If you don't get IE6 to less than 1% or 0.5% you will have done nothing. That update must be soon and be a security update, or whatever has the highest priority. Windows XP still has 40% of market and you are not launching now versions for that OS, just the old IE8. You move, but world moves faster. You do something but you are not committed.
Hopefully you are conveying this information to everyone in the world who writes web pages as well. There are still one or two out there that don't work right in IE9. Less than a year ago my company's timekeeping system didn't work in IE9. The menu selection tabs on the left side of the form were not functioning, so you couldn't get to any page but the default. It wasn't an in house thing either, but a reputable third party solution that did time keeping. You may have heard of it, Deltek. (Changed jobs so don't know if that is fixed). I also can't dispute charges on American Express's site in IE9. They use a frame that doesn't scale or scroll, so you can't get to the button to submit after putting in all the information. This was recently. Sadly both worked fine in Safari.
Personally I upgrade as soon as possible, typically get the Beta when it is available. Quite often though the hinderance to upgrading is the other end.
I also fail to understand how this affects Windows XP like you say in the title, please elaborate on this.
@oskarh Probably IE6 will automatically update to IE8.
China is biggest IE6 market，Pls push update help web standard.
This is only good news if the websites and webtools we rely on still work in the upgraded browser. We are involved in an authoring tool (Xerte) that creates accessible interactive content with onboard text to speech using Active X components. Many education establishments use this tool but as soon as they upgrade to IE9 the text to speech doesn't work. Different users have different requirements and to force users to upgrade to something that gives them a poorer experience is arrogant at best and unethical at worst. The only way this could be justified is if Microsoft was completely committed to implementing agreed open standards and not insisting on adding their own flavours that others are expected to adapt to.
To get a further idea of the disadvantageous impacts on disabled users you might consider the following extract from an accessibility review of IE9 at www.ssbbartgroup.com/.../remarks-on-internet-explorer-9-accessibility-and-compatibility-with-assistive-technology
<START> JAWS users should upgrade to version 12.0.1158, which can be obtained directly from the Freedom Scientific website or by performing a Check for Updates within JAWS 12; Window-Eyes users should upgrade to Window-Eyes 7.5; Users of Dragon Naturally Speaking should upgrade to version 11; .... Users of screen magnification software should consult the manufacturer to determine which font smoothing settings to adjust or to upgrade to the latest version. <END>
Bearing in mind that people with disabilities are statistically more likely to be on lower incomes how reasonable is it to force on them the costs of upgrading to newer versions of their assistive technology tools?
All this does is make it harder for advisory services supporting disabled users to recommend Internet Explorer.
If only IE9 fixed the rendering engine without wrecking the user interface, then I would not have had to block it.
Better late than never, only took a few years to think of the idea.
"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."
Except, that's not how it always goes: searchengineland.com/internet-explorer-6-forces-bing-as-default-search-provider-20398
"With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer "
I take this to mean then that versions of Windows that can't run IE9 (think Windows XP, which is even more prevalent than IE6) won't benefit from these automatic updates?
"We built IE9 with a focus on modern web standards and interoperability so that developers could spend less time coding for specific browsers and spend more time building the next big thing on the Web"
Yeah, now us developers have to go over existing sites and fix hacks that targeted IE because they break things in IE9, like mixing IE-specific CSS filters and CSS3 transforms. Try doing that with a PNG graphic and it's almost as if you're back using IE6 again!
- Just give a standard-compliant fast browser to ALL Windows customers. Sadly, Microsoft cannot do that. IE9 could have been released with software/GDI rendering for XP.
- Just create a customizable, non-dumbed down browser for Windows 7. Sadly, Microsoft cannot do that either. IE9 could have avoided all the dumbing down of the GUI and allowed adding back removed features like a search box, useful status bar indicators etc optionally but shipped streamlined by default.
Microsoft cannot give its IE customers what they want, only what it thinks is the best for them and then forces them to use it by obsoleting older platforms.
Awesome news! Now, Microsoft should do the same for Security Essentials, instead of making it rely on the Windows Update configuration. I don't want my computer restarting after an update when I'm not there, but I would really like if my antivirus would update without requiring any action from my part.
I run Win7 64bit OS, but run the 32bit IE9. Because of the documented problems with 64bit IE9, I do not want automatic updates to switch me to 64bit IE9. Do I need to take any action to avoid auto-installation of 64bit IE9?
Kind of late to the party, aren't we, I.E.? Oh OK, you can still come in.
So is this going to be like firefox/chrome where you update in the browser or it happens automatically regardless of your update preferences? Or is it going to be pushed in the normal windows update?
Nice idea but XP is going to be stuck on IE8, Vista on IE9 (when IE10 is released), etc... I reckon if Microsoft really wanted to win the browser war (as they once did) they could do so by backporting the latest version of IE to older operating systems.
Unfortunately, there are too many political obsticals in the way from wanting to move users forward to new versions of the OS :(
Bad news for small busineses that run mission critical websites that IE9 is not supported on....
Sorry but telling us, what is good for us?
Is that the new Marketing Spin?
Sounding more and more like Google all the time...
Sorry this is a bad bad thing.
Forcing things down is why everyone hates (XYZ Company)
In my office we allowed IE9 to install on our Vista and Windows 7 systems. Which caused a LOT of problems and we had to roll them back to IE8. We have several sites that did not work correctly after the IE9 upgrade and I had two users that IE9 would break the connection to websites and the tabs didn't work properly so until the issues with IE9 are resolved we will not be moving from IE8.
Awesome! Maybe now we can move the world off of IE6!!
This needs to be opt-in, not opt-out. I shouldn't have to maintain a toolkit to make sure you don't hose every machine in my company with an update before I can test it. If I want that kind of headache I'll just use FireFox (at least the users would be happy).
I don't see how this is going to work. IE8 requires Vista SP1 or XP SP2. IE9 requires Vista SP2. The reason alot of these folks don't have updated browsers is because they have never updated their service pack.
There are many use cases. I generally use other browsers for personal use, but I need IE 8 (or IE 7, not IE 9) to log in to my work network. In fact, work is the only reason I use IE8 (or IE at all). I've been very happy until now with the option to uncheck the IE 9 upgrade, because installing it would actually reduce my ability to do the things I want to do. I hope the blog is accurate that I won't get IE 9 if I've always left it unchecked in Windows Update.
Worst idea ever, Windows Team. First of all, corp IT doesn't want to deal with upgrading from IE6 or IE7 for a lot of valid reasons (think headache, hassle, no time, etc.) and second of all not offering IE9 for WinXP personal users like myself is like making people use IE8 on Vista - it makes no sense to have yesterday's browser (It came out years ago already) on an OS that you're supporting through 2012. I want to hear one single good excuse because you folks don't have one. No one, and I mean no one, is going to buy or upgrade to Vista, Win7 or Win8 *solely* to use a more modern version of IE, so why not just give the more modern version of IE to people who actually want to use it? For example, I want to use it. The CSS support, sandboxing and security are all much better in IE9 than IE8 (so if you like being damned with faint praise, here I am, and you're welcome). But I - and many other people like me - are not going to buy and install another OS just to get those benefits.
Thanks for the Christmas gift Microsoft :)
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Very BAD news ?
According to the security settings and problems of fixing Web-Applications after yet another security update for Internet Explorer I don't think this is such a good action.
Every IE8 and IE9 security update has the effect of yet another challange to keep your Web-Applications, like Citrix WebPortal, still "up and running".
This is yet another reason to look at the WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) at the local site with more caution for update for Internet Explorer. That action and the protection against it could mean an unwanted Vulnerability for the Business.
Very BAD news !
Thank god we're on WSUS, so we can stay out of IE9 and don't need to deploy the blocker either. IE9 somehow breaks our Microsoft CRM 4.0 solution which is part of the software that drives our business. Both IE9 and IE10 will have some "Terror Incognita" I don't want to called out of bed for. Windows XP with IE8 is still on 50% of our OEM fleet, this will slowly melt by gradualy replacing machines well into 2014. For standardisation we will stick with IE8 on all machines.
Nice campaign. But I guess this won't any how affect Windows Vista and Windows XP users since Internet Explorer 10 won't be a part of Windows Vista, and IE9 is anyhow unsupported by Windows XP.
Thank you very much for doing this. As a web developer my life will get a little easier. IE9 is significantly better than it's predecessors, and headed in a decent direction. I think where people are finding IE9 breaks things, the breakages are caused by code developed for earlier versions of IE that were wrong in the first place. Like I said, IE9 is now on track and headed in a decent direction.
With regards to mission critical apps running atop IE6... ha. That just sounds funny.
I recently read this article about the reasons behind the popularity of ie6 in China. If the majority of the versions in China are pirate copies then is the auto update option going to work for them?
Users who have automatic updates on can be assumed to have at least IE8.
As can be read in this article, the client has the choice of updating. The clients who deliberately chose not to upgrade can still choose not to, even though these are the ones who still have the out of date browser.
Henceforth nothing will change...
This may all seem well and good but “customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated.”
If they hadn’t blocked the install in the past they would already be upgraded so what is the point of any of this? Yay Microsoft. Make it appear that you plan to do a good thing and then say you are basically going to continue with business as usual.
great news.... now i hope ie can get back to race in browsers
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Hmmmm. If you declined to install IE7 and IE8 before for Win XP, as an example, then you will never be notified of any upgrades. So what will this solve? Same for Vista users who have declined IE8 and IE9.
I have been using Internet Explorer 10 (Build 10.0.1008.16421) on my Windows 7 PC.
You can no longer download this version, now that 'build 10.0.8102' is out.
The problem with Build 10.0.8102 is that it only works with Windows 8.
As we can't buy Windows 8 yet, there is no way to get a working version of IE 10 on any computer!
So I believe Microsoft want us to start downgrading our browsers.
When we reach IE 1.0, hopefully they will change their mind.
IE9 is slower in response than IE8 is. To speed it I'm always prompt to disable some adds-on which is a nuisance.
Great news. I'm always using the latest version of IE, but nevertheless, the more people update their old versions, the better for everyone. :)
While Microsofts intent is good, its not going to make one bit of difference. The % of IE6 users remaining globally do NOT have Windows Update enabled, they all use Tomato Garden version of XP. See www.troyhunt.com/.../aye-pirates-be-reason-ie6-just-wont-die.html and then read the comment by Gaëtan Voyer-Perrault - "Honestly, if pirating is a big cause of IE6, then MS actually has the power to fix this problem, they're just choosing not to."
And then my company uses Lotus Notes which only really works well with IE7. A lot of folks going to waste time with problems in the New Year.
how dare you try update ie8 to ie9 on my win7 machine. ie9 is unusable as you have the unreadable smear type that cannot be disabled
I work with visually impaired people and this bad news. Visially impaired people and blind people need special softwares as ZoomText (magnifying) and JAWS (speaking) to have access to their computer. The problem is that they don't work very well with IE 9. So, as rehab teacher, we have do downgrade to IE 8 or to use Firefox as default browser. Also, a majority of visually impaired people - I speak of my clients with my own experience - is unable do downgrade IE 9 to IE 8. So, they will encounter problems with IE 9 and they won't know why, we usually disable the WIndows Update to avoid to use IE 9. I juste think this is a bad decision to those people with limitations because they will have problems with IE 9 and we won't be able to avoir these problems as we do know.
If you "Require" IE 6 or IE7 for your "Mission Critical" website/intranet/software... you're website must look like this:http://www.dokimos.org/ajff/ ... seriously folks... invest in your IT infrastructure or you will be using IE6 into the next 20 years...
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Can you just have the updater install chrome or firefox? It's a much better solution.
Text in some core fonts appears blurred in Internet Explorer 9 on a computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2:
FYI for those complaining about blurry fonts.
I'm pretty angry about this. Back in 2011 I got IE9 via Windows Update and it broke something I use every day for work (Citrix remote login). So I struggled to get back to IE8 and all was well, even managed to specifically forbid upgrades to IE9.
Now today I find I am using IE9, without asking for it or reversing the previous "forbid" request. Happily what was broke before is now merely "difficult".
The worst thing is the way the "upgrade" arrived. I shut down my PC because I had a bus to catch (a week later it would have been a 'plane), and it went into upgrading - forever. "do not shut down your PC ...". In the end I got on the bus holding my notebook open, and 25 minutes later it had done. How can Microsoft do this to me without my permission ?
And if the security is better then I suppose I should be grateful, but can you tell me why I need to learn a whole new interface just to be more secure ?
Computers are supposed to aid productivity if they are worth anything at all, but too often I feel that Microsoft are responsible for lowering my productivity. Rant over.
Obnoxious Microsoft folks should at least prompt/ask users before forcing updates of their buggy bloatware on them. This 'surprise' has caused lots of applications to unexpectedly not work right.
@Phil Kobi: Google, Mozilla and Apple all do automatic updates now, so having a go at Microsoft for being the last to join that bandwagon is a little bit rich. And anyway you can disable these updates via Group Policy if you really wanted to.
"Similarly, customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated" Not true. I have declined IE8 over and over and just opened my computer to find IE9. Don't want it, don't appreciate having it shoved on me.
I think that it is vital to upgrade stuff folks in order to secure stuff. I am always updating my stuff.
I was really happy when this happened because I think it is so vital these days to keep updating to increase security and useability. Great stuff microsoft
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If you "Require" IE 6 or IE7 for your "Mission Critical" website/intranet/software... you're website must look like www.thetaoofbadass-reviews.com ... seriously folks... invest in your IT infrastructure or you will be using IE6 into the next 20 years...
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I use lots of kinds of bowers,i think ie 8 is the best.
The worst thing is the way the "upgrade" arrived. taoofbadassdating.blogspot.com/.../how-tao-of-badass-ebook-helped-nerd.html I shut down my PC because I had a bus to catch (a week later it would have been a 'plane), and it went into upgrading - forever. "do not shut down your PC ...". In the end I got on the bus holding my notebook open, and 25 minutes later it had done. How can Microsoft do this to me without my permission ?
Computers are supposed to aid productivity if they are worth anything at all, but too often I feel that Microsoft are responsible for lowering my productivity.
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That's really smart considering how good the Internet Explorer really is. I'll be honest IE wasn't my browser of choice, but I was just blown away by the latest version. Keep it up
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Great Update, i always make sure to keep everything up to date to provide as much protection as possible.
Great News, its propaply very vital to keep things up to date.
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But as i know,windows 8.0 had released.
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