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Believe it or not, but IE6’s days might be numbered. Microsoft recently announced that starting January, Internet Explorer will be updated to the latest version automatically through Windows updates. IE has been updating through automatic updates for a while, but this always required some additional actions from the user, which sometimes prevented the user from actually updating. The process will now become much more automatic, with the hopeful result of most users gradually moving to IE9 and IE8 (on Windows XP).

So is this finally the end for IE6? Not entirely, but it certainly warrants a web-developer party. While big organizations, and even individual users, will have the ability to opt out of the update, the fact that it’s really automatic will surely bring the updated versions to multiple users who are still using older versions.


The change will roll out in Australia and Brazil in January, and will gradually be expanded to other countries. As usual, user preferences such as the home page and default search provider will not be changed. The update will simply install the latest version available for the user’s OS.

This certainly seems like excellent news, both for users and for Microsoft. While IE9 might be quite a good web browser, its name is constantly marred by older versions of IE which are constantly floating around, refusing to leave the scene. This should make life easier for everyone, including Microsoft itself, who has Google Chrome breathing down its neck.

What do you think? Will this change things for Internet Explorer, or is it too little too late?



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  1. Eempire
    December 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I will never trust IE. I will advice Microsoft to get off the browser business.

  2. Mohamed Tair
    December 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the Giveaway.
    Really!! I Hate IE6 :) 
    Thanks Again

  3. Afaq
    December 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Will it be available for downloading as a separate software or we will have to upgrade windows?

    • Yaara
      December 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      It's still a separate software. It will be updated as part of Windows Update, but of course you can download it separately.

  4. Gaspeer
    December 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I cannot imagine ever going back to IE -- 9 or any other version. I'm a total Chrome devotee. I've been using it with no issues for most of the last year, with occasional forays back into Firefox for one or two online payment sites I use who haven't gotten their act together so I can use Chrome on them. Actually, I think that's just ONE site.

    But I cannot imagine a good reason for going back to IE.

  5. Dave Parrack
    December 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Unfortunately Microsoft still isn't pushing the issue as strongly as it could, with too many people able to opt out of the automatic updates. Until they force people to update then IE9 will still be haunted by its past.

    • Yaara
      December 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I think much less people will opt out. It's not like before, where you had to actually choose to update. Most people who use older versions won't really bother to opt out, I believe.

      • Dave Parrack
        December 24, 2011 at 3:53 am

        It will help, that's for sure. I just wish Microsoft had the balls to actually force the updates for all. Especially for companies still sticking with IE6.