ie9logo Microsoft to automatically upgrade old versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced that it will automatically upgrade old versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, addressing one of the big security problems facing many business users.

Microsoft has announced that it will automatically upgrade old versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, addressing one of the big security problems facing many business users.

The plan will involve a trial run in Australia and Brazil in January, where obsolete versions of Internet Explorer will be upgraded to the latest version that will work on their computer, which will be IE9 for Vista and Windows 7 users, and IE8 for XP users.
 
Microsoft has been trying for years to get people to upgrade to the latest version, but many people are still using IE6 and IE7, the former of which even Microsoft has labelled as a security threat, due to the fact that it is no longer providing updates for it.
 
ie9logo Microsoft to automatically upgrade old versions of Internet Explorer
 
IE6 is used by 8.6 percent of internet users, a shockingly high number considering it's over a decade old. This is down 5.9 percentage points compared to 2010, however, thanks to an initiative by Microsoft to get people to upgrade, including a countdown website. Automatic upgrades for those who have Windows Updates enabled is the next logical step in killing off the zombie web browser altogether.
 
“Automatic updates are a very good idea based on every piece of security research I've seen,” said Jeremiah Grossman, CTO and founder of WhiteHat Security. “Keeping software up to date – particularly Web browsers – is critical for online security. With that in mind, I'm pleased that Microsoft is moving toward an automatic update model, particularly since their approach balances the needs of enterprise customers who still need a mechanism to manage software updates.”
 
For individuals and companies who are crazy enough to want to stick with an outdated browser, Microsoft is providing an Automatic Update Blocker. Those who have already refused to update to IE8 or IE9 via Windows Update will not be upgraded. Considering the significant benefits to security, it would probably be better if these users were also forced to upgrade, but Microsoft's approach is, at least, a step in the right direction.