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Microsoft Rolls Out IE8 Automatic Update

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Microsoft Rolls Out IE8 Automatic Update

The take up of Internet Explorer 8 hasn't been stellar to date with IE7 still dominating the market and Firefox recently overtaking IE7 to become the top browser in Europe so it should be no surprise to see Microsoft turning push into shove...

In a post on its official blog, the IE8 team has announced it will be distributing IE8 via Automatic Update/Windows Update in the third week of April (next week).

"Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8," said IE8 Lead Program Manager Eric Hebenstreit.

"This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important. IE8 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers choices: Ask later, install now, or don't install."

Windows 7 beta testers will be excluded as Microsoft isn't porting the browser until the RC (release candidate) ships. Given beta testers tend to live on the cutting edge however I suspect they're running Firefox or Chrome anyway.

Batten down the hatches people...


via IEBlog

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April 15, 2009, 5:53 am

Firefox has lost the plot, it's bloated and slow. They've turned into Microsoft in the 90's. If it wasn't for the odd great extension nobody would use it. If plugins come out for IE8 that equal the features of those extensions Firefox is really going to struggle. Especially with Chrome being so much faster. Interesting to see where the browser market goes in the next year or two.

Nicholas Phan

April 15, 2009, 8:21 am

Okay, i'm usually slow to move onto the latest trend. I had an email account with stupid.com whilst everyone was on hotmail. And now i have a hotmail account whilst everyone is on gmail.

I've been using IE forever, whilst everyone moved onto Mozilla, Chrome etc. And after this update, I just might have to move onto something else. I had the IE Beta installed, and whilst it crashed a lot, I liked how it could restore tabs and it seemed pretty quick. I've now been prompted to download IE8 which I did, and searches don't work! I cannot do a search on google, yahoo or even msn! For some reason, whenever I do a search, IE crashes... grrr.

Gonna go use chrome now


April 15, 2009, 12:16 pm

I am a Vista and IE7 user. I downloaded IE8 last week but I am afraid it lacks considerably in performance and stability against IE7. Sorry not interested!


April 15, 2009, 1:24 pm

Nope, very happy with Firefox.

Though can someone tell me why the first time I click the Bookmarks tab, it keeps trying to bookmark the page instead of just opening the tab, like it does every other time thereafter. A minor niggle, but it's really annoying - what am I doing that's different?

Dark of Day

April 15, 2009, 2:30 pm

only one word add ...OPERA


April 15, 2009, 2:31 pm

@HK, I tend to agree, Firefox seems very slow now compared to Chrome, but on the other hand it's still a handy browser to have, especially if designing websites etc, as you can really tool it up.


April 15, 2009, 3:33 pm

Firefox all the way for me. IE sucks!


April 15, 2009, 3:50 pm

@Nicholas: I read somewhere of other people having similar issues - I reckon your problem with IE8 is that you installed the release over the beta and it's gotten confused somehow. I'd uninstall and re-install. Or as you say just try Chrome, it's speed is wonderful (i'm using the beta of V2 as it's even faster, got fullscreen mode and is perfectly stable).

@Keith: Yeah I use FF all the time for developing. Firebug is the best tool ever, I'd be lost without it. But for everyday I use IE and when I want to quickly check something Chrome. No one browser is best for everything so I just use all 3 depending which suits my needs. I tried Safari as well but didn't like it at all, not given Opera a look for years.


April 15, 2009, 3:53 pm

5 Brilliant firefox extensions:

- Inline Definitions. Right click a highlighted word for a pop-in definition. Useful if you ever catch yourself thinking "what does that mean?". Also it is quick and light on resources.

- Web Developer toolbar. I use this to disable gif animations. Useful if you ever think "that banner is bugging the hell out of me!"

- Open tabs Relative. Opens a new tab next to the current one, instead of at the end.

- Flashblock. Disables flash, with an option to start it at any time, and an option to "whitelist" sites.

- Nuke Anything Enhanced. Want to show someone something on a webpage, without a certain image or piece of text? This is for you. It also makes web pages more readable, exactly how you want them.


April 15, 2009, 5:18 pm

Opera is the mutt's nuts.


April 15, 2009, 5:48 pm

@basicasic - never been a fan of Opera but I can see why you'd like it. Always amazes me its popularity is so low (under 1% at last count).


April 15, 2009, 6:17 pm

i think IE8 is pretty quick myself, i haven't found it to be slow..plus i like the accelerators


April 16, 2009, 1:46 am

@baller86 - but have you even tried Chrome ;)


April 17, 2009, 11:43 pm

IE8 isn't bad, and the accelerators are very useful: however it still lacks the really useful "paste & go" option from Chrome and is still lacking in some major areas. IE7Pro filled in the gaps nicely (download manager, inline spellchecker, adblocker) for IE7 but it doesn't run properly on IE8... so am still relying on a 3rd party to make IE8 usable, far from ideal.

Will probably stick with IE though: I won't be going back to Chrome until an adblocker is available and it integrates RSS, while I find Firefox slows down significantly when I add the necessary add-ons, even though they are effective.

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