Microsoft plans to adopt an automatic update feature for its Internet Explorer web browser starting in 2012.
Microsoft acknowledged that automatic updating, without bothering to ask users for permission, was the proper way to offer them a secure web browsing experience at all times. Browser updates, apart from bringing new features, make the browser more secure by installing security patches.
The company said that IE updates, made via Windows Update, will start rolling out in Australia and Brazil next month and then spread to other countries. However, people who have activated automatic updates in Windows Updates will have their IE browsers updated.
"The Web overall is better - and safer - when more people run the most up-to-date browser. Our goal is to make sure that Windows customers have the most up-to-date and safest browsing experience possible, with the best protections against malicious software such as malware," wrote Ryan Gavin General Manager, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing, in a blog post. This is a positive step for the company and IE users.