Microsoft has announced that IE is to start automatic upgrades across Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
It's brilliant news.
Users will be automatically updated to the latest version of IE for their version of Windows (IE8 on XP, IE9 on Vista and 7) ensuring that they will be experiencing the web at it's best. This is also great news for website owners, managers and developers, who will need to support fewer old browser versions.
Users user’s home page, search provider, and default browser will unchanged when the browser updates, and if users prefer not to update, they can use an Automatic Update Blocker to ensure they only update when they are good and ready. Good news for Microsoft's enterprise customers. Users can also choose to uninstall the updated if they wish.
The main benefits of this move are cited as security, a better experience for users and less development overhead for website stakeholders.
Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director for Internet Explorer explains:
“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.”
This move will help reduce the amount of people on IE6, something Microsoft are promoting, as discussed in Suzanne's article, Be Browser Smart.
This is a win-win situation for everybody. Huzzah!
Read more on Microsoft's blog