Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th May 2009 08:24 UTC
Internet & Networking When Google released the first version of its Chrome web browser, many eyebrows were raised over the fact that it updated itself automatically and silently, in the background, without user intervention or even so much as a notice. As it turns out, this has been a brilliant move by Google, as Chrome users are the most likely to have up-to-date installations of their browser, followed at a respectable distance by Firefox users. Safari and Opera trail behind significantly.
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I always hated tiny programs running in the background checking for updates. I've seen windows systems with more than 10 of those things.
Only when the program is started or running it should be allowed to check for updates. When updates are available I prefer possible user interaction.
A notification the way firefox does is nice and that linked to a timer. A yes button to download and install immediatly, a no button when you choose not to update and if you don't act within x seconds it starts to download and install the update. For major versions also a more info button or a link to the website could be nice.

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