Internet Explorer to auto-update

In a surprise announcement from Microsoft, it's been revealed that the company will soon be automatically updating Internet Explorer. This is a path followed by others in the field, but Microsoft has to date avoided auto-updating, and its browser has long been a thorn in the side for web designers and developers. This new initiative should see older versions of IE more rapidly consigned to history, and follows Microsoft's previous attempts to kill off the ageing IE6 through the likes of the Internet Explorer 6 Countdown project.

Ryan Gavin writes on The Windows Blog that the scheme will begin in January "for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take a measured approach, scaling up over time". The ultimate goal is to "make sure that Windows customers have the most up-to-date and safest browsing experience possible".

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