Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Dec 2011 16:56 UTC
Internet Explorer As it turns out, Google's idea of silently and automatically updating web browsers for security's sake is actually a pretty darn good idea - Chrome is pretty much always up-to-date. Microsoft agrees with this, and has announced it's going to automatically update Internet Explorer on Windows XP, Vista and 7.
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Woah!
by 1c3d0g on Thu 15th Dec 2011 18:26 UTC
1c3d0g
Member since:
2005-07-06

Finally some common sense coming out of M$! Woohoo, I'm so happy for all the web developers out there. This is a great day for all of us!

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RE: Woah!
by TechGeek on Thu 15th Dec 2011 18:49 in reply to "Woah!"
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2006-01-14

You obviously don't work for a company whose entire business process works through an online app written for IE 6. I am a Linux user myself, so I don't care personally. But this is just stupid. Microsoft is going to break a lot of peoples system doing this. And they were the ones who insisted on doing things their own way back then. Its their fault that there is all the fragmentation. Now you are just going to have to turn off updates altogether which isn't good for anyone.

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RE[2]: Woah!
by lucas_maximus on Thu 15th Dec 2011 18:52 in reply to "RE: Woah!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Did you read the article?

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RE[2]: Woah! - updateds already off
by jabbotts on Thu 15th Dec 2011 19:21 in reply to "RE: Woah!"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Places that rely on an IE6 only webapp probably already have system updates turned off. They'll likely be feeding updates in from a WSUS or similar appliance after vetting the patches.

It also depends on how the update is fed in too though. Will IE have it's own internal update mechanism or will it actually become a required update through the monthly Windows Update site.

Given Windows update history; it shouldn't have automatically installed updates in the first place really. Notification of available updates; sure. Maybe even download updates and let the user decide when to install. Fully automatic updates lead to things like the programming abortion known as Microsoft Office File-Validation plugin not to mention the PowerPoint update which broke PowerPoint's ability to open saved files.

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RE[2]: Woah!
by 1c3d0g on Thu 15th Dec 2011 21:30 in reply to "RE: Woah!"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

No, you don't know what I do. And if the company is too lazy, ignorant or stupid to update their application, then they deserve to go bankrupt. It's their own fucking fault.

Microsoft has done an excellent move here. The Internet continues to evolve, if you can't handle it, DON'T be a web developer. Better yet, unplug from the Internet and go fishing or something, where you can use the same old tools as the Vikings.

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RE[2]: Woah!
by Lennie on Fri 16th Dec 2011 10:40 in reply to "RE: Woah!"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I don't believe this is to get people to move of of IE6.

Microsoft wants a new IE release every year, this system is to prevent people still running IE10, IE11, IE12, IE13 in a few years from now.

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