IE to Release Silent Updates Next Year

Starting in January 2012, Microsoft will begin pushing silent updates for Internet Explorer (IE). The change is being made to help keep the Internet safer by not relying on users to install necessary security updates. Google’s Chrome browser has updated in the background without user interaction since it was introduced in 2008.

The program will first be introduced in Australia and Brazil. The updater will push the most recent version of IE that runs on users’ current operating systems. While Microsoft will not ask permission to upgrade to the next version of the browser, users will be able to choose to turn upgrades off. Additionally, IE upgrades will not be forced on users who have previously declined to upgrade to newer versions of the browser.

Mozilla plans to start background updates for Firefox starting with Firefox 12, which is scheduled to debut on April 24, 2012.

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