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Old 01-11-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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It looks like Microsoft is trying to get rid of older versions of IE by auto-upgrading them. Google Chrome has been doing it, so this is good for Microsoft and users who are too lazy to update.

Windows XP users will be auto-upgraded to IE8, while Windows Vista and 7 users will be auto-upgraded to IE9. Upgrade blocker kits will be available if the user still doesn't want to upgrade.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Microsoft isn't obligated to support old software forever. It is no different than any other software vendor. Microsoft has been more than generous with its older operating systems and other software. Eventually the technology moves on, and old code is obsolete and not cost effective to maintain.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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On the other hand, there is no reason to use IE anyway, with Firefox. I have to use IE at work where we have all of the latest versions of everything but we never use it at home. I have yet to even look at
Bing.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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MS has been doing this for many years. They release a new version of IE and eventually it gets put in the critical update list in Windows Updates. I remember it did this with IE6, but don't recall about anything earlier.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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On the other hand, there is no reason to use IE anyway, with Firefox.
Nor is there any reason to use firefox when one has IE available to them.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:43 PM
 
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MS has been doing this for many years. They release a new version of IE and eventually it gets put in the critical update list in Windows Updates. I remember it did this with IE6, but don't recall about anything earlier.
But you still have to approve its installation. If this changes that, I don't think its a good idea. Chrome auto-updating is fine because new versions don't break anything. Its a transparent upgrade. Firefox updates often break add-ons so I'd rather decide for myself when to upgrade. IE upgrades often break entire sites.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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Nor is there any reason to use firefox when one has IE available to them.
Exactly, the same way there is no reason to have a girlfriend when you have the standard alternative.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:09 AM
 
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One could also say there is no reason to use Windows when there is Linux.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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One could also say there is no reason to use Windows when there is Linux.
And definitely no reason to use Linux when Windows is available!

It's all about choices. There's nothing inherently wrong with the new versions of IE, other than the complete lack of add-ons for things like Add Block, Flash Block, etc. It's the old versions that are so badly broken and full of security flaws.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:10 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Explorer users are notorious for not upgrading. I don't think it's laziness. It's more that users don't know that there's an upgrade or how to install it. The just use the browser that came with the machine and forget about.

Please who use alternate browsers are more likely to keep them up to date.
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