Automatic update of IE in the coming days

Internet Explorer 8 conquers 10% of the Portuguese market

In the coming days, users of versions 6 and 7 of Internet Explorer will be «invited» to update the browser to version 8 through automatic updates. The process is another step in roll out of the new Internet browser that Microsoft made available on March 19, already in Portuguese.

The update will be available to users of Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008, who will receive notification through the system update service.

The download is not forced, but optional, so users can choose to keep the same version of IE they are using, maintaining the possibility of later downloading directly from the IE8 page or from Windows Update.

Last week the automatic update was made for all users who had installed Beta 2 or Release Candidate 1 for Internet Explorer 8 and had not yet updated to the final version.

In the Internet Explorer blog, the development team also explains that companies that use automatic update and do not intend to install IE8 now can use the Blocker Tookit, available for free in January and that has no expiration date. This kit must be installed by April 20th.

The update for IE8 will be made available on Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Systems Management Server (SMS) in July as an Update Rollup and there must be an approval for installation on corporate networks.