Microsoft has announced that they are going to follow in footsteps of Google by delivering updates for Internet Explorer automatically through Windows Update.
This would begin from January next year in select markets.
However, the company did say that home and business users would have the option to opt-out of this upgrade mechanism.
Most other folks would get the update which would make their browsing experience safer and faster.
Google of course has followed this mechanism since day one with their Chrome browser. The company does not provide an easy way to block browser updates.
While the benefits of upgrading are numerous, we recognize that some organizations and individuals may want to opt-out and set their own upgrade pace. One of the things we’re committed to as we move to auto updates is striking the right balance for consumers and enterprises – getting consumers the most up-to-date version of their browser while allowing enterprises to update their browsers on their schedule. The Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits prevent automatic upgrades of IE for Windows customers who do not want them. Of course, we firmly believe that IE9 is the most compelling browser for business customers, and we want them to make the decision to upgrade at their convenience.
Similarly, customers who have declined previous installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated. Customers have the ability to uninstall updates and continue to receive support for the version of IE that came with their copy of Windows. And similar to organizations, consumers can block the update all together and upgrade on their own. Finally, future versions of IE will provide an option in the product for consumers to opt out of automatic upgrading.