Microsoft to push IE7 through Automatic Updates

By Derek Sooman on July 28, 2006, 8:20 AM
Microsoft has announced that it is to release the most anticipated Internet Explorer 7 as a "high-priority" update through Automatic Updates for Windows XP users when the browser is made available. Automatic Updates will inform users that IE7 is ready to install and will present them with a welcome screen that presents key features and choices which they can choose to install or omit. The new browser is scheduled to be released for Windows XP during the fourth quarter of this year, and has a high emphasis on security.

Some concerns have been raised with IE7, both in terms of the "aggressiveness" of pushing it out via Automatic Updates in this way, but also with fears that Internet Explorer 7 will require developers of some online applications to change their code in order to work with the new browser; many online tools are expected to fail IE7 compatibility tests.

Writing in this blog, Tony Chor, Group Program Manager in Microsoft said that the company will be providing a "Blocker Toolkit" which will allow enterprise customers to block automatic delivery of IE7 in their organizations.

Installation of the new browser will preserve your current toolbars, home page, search settings, and favourites and installing will not change your choice of default browser.

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Per Hansson said:
Sounds great, this will really force everyone to move away from the most insecure ActiveX applets but also hopefully make the web a little bit more W3C compatibleWay to go I say, not making IE7 a mandatory update would have been a poor decision IMO...
Julio said:
I agree... this is the best way to go. And being able to opt out, in case of incompatibility with enterprise applications I would say completes the loop.
spike said:
I agree that it is the best way to go. That said though, I'm not blind to the problem either - The "critical update" channel is supposed to be for updates that are critical. A complete product upgrade to MSIE is only really critical in the strictest sense for MSIE to maintain it's stranglehold on internet browsing. WHat with WGA having been puxhed out on the critical channel of windows update recently as well (again, only critical to MS's profits), such moves could reduce consumer confidence in Windows update, which could lead to more people turning auto updaates off, which is likely to lead to an increase in unpatched systems.It's certainly something that MS needs to be very careful about.
[b]Originally posted by spike:[/b][quote] which could lead to more people turning auto updaates off, which is likely to lead to an increase in unpatched systems[/quote]Actually I have auto updates off, I don't like that "feature".
zephead said:
another version of IE! oh joy, i can't wait!!!!!!
ThomasNews said:
Seems like a good idea. It's more secure than IE is, which can only be a good thing to push on users. Wouldn't agree with it being an attempt to push IE market share - IE is on Windows anyway, it's not like you've got to use it after it installs. Standards support is a bit better; not MUCH better however;[url]
.php?uas=IE6-IE7-FX2[/url]From a developer POV, it fixes a few dozen of the most annoying workarounds needed. Then again, this in itself will also be a headache as fixes will need to be put in to turn the workarounds off when IE7 is detected ;) IE6 & earlier will still have a large marketshare even if all XP users do upgrade anyway. It's a start nonetheless. Here's hoping they make a REAL push on standards in future releases because IE7 isn't it.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] I don't like that "feature".[/quote]Installing spyware without you knowing...
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