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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RE[2]: Woah!
by 1c3d0g on Thu 15th Dec 2011 21:30 UTC 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[3]: Woah!
by BushLin on Thu 15th Dec 2011 23:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Woah!"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

I think he was referring to the companies using the product which relies on IE6, rather than the developer of said product.

For a small business using say, an IE6 only CMS... that still represents a big deal in terms of investment for them and maybe they don't see value in replacing it.

I'm sure you enjoy being on the cutting edge but not everyone is set up to be so flexable; The people this might affect probably wouldn't even know it's coming until it's pushed out and they can't do their job

I'm guessing that Microsoft will allow those using WSUS (or perhaps group policy) to opt out as they created this compatibility mess in the first place *shakes fist*.

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RE[4]: Woah!
by TechGeek on Fri 16th Dec 2011 00:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Woah!"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Exactly. Its easy to say that they should just update their software. But there are probably companies who have many millions of dollars tied up in their business process that hinges on IE 6. And while hopefully all of them are in the process of upgrading, its not an overnight process. For Microsoft to just announce something so drastic like this out of the blue, is just asinine on their part. Thats assuming that this really will be a "no choice update whether you like it or not thing", and not a "no, really, update IE, please?" thing.

Edited 2011-12-16 00:07 UTC

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