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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

No more clinging to old IE versions

By Gavin Clarke • Get more from this author

Internet Explorer is about to do more than just look like Chrome - it'll silently update on your PC just like Google's browser, too. Microsoft in January will start rolling out auto updates moving you to the latest edition of IE available for your machine's operating system.

Platforms covered are Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and the policy means Windows XP holdouts on IE6 or IE7 get booted up to IE8 while Windows Vista and 7 users still on IE7 or even on Windows 8 get shunted up to IE9, released in March.

Silent updates will start in Australia and Brazil and you'll need to have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update.

You won't be forced to move, if you've deliberately decided old is your thing. Microsoft makes available IE8 and IE9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits to stop auto-updates while those who've actively declined updating in the past won't be moved.

You can also uninstall the update.

http://www.theregist...silent_updates/

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