Amid criticism, Apple tweaks Windows software update tool

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Apple recently came under fire for the way it was pushing its software to Windows users. Specifically, the company began including Safari as a download via the software updater that accompanies iTunes and QuickTime – even for Windows users who hadn’t previously installed the browser – in a bid to muscle its way up the browser charts.

Now, however, amid heavy criticism over this practice, the company has released a redesigned version of Software Update for Windows PCs that separates updates to applications users have installed on their PCs from new products they have not. Whether the change will satisfy Apple’s critics remains to be seen. Mozilla CEO John Lilly for its part called this “a good first step,” adding that Apple now needs to stop checking the box for ‘New Software’ items by default.

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