Hot on the heels of my anti-Internet Explorer rants comes the news:

http://windowsteamblog.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2011/12/15/ie-to-start-automatic-upgrades-across-windows-xp-windows-vista-and-windows-7.aspx

It seems that Microsoft finally smells the coffee and has taken a cue from browsers such as Firefox and Google. And only a few several years late. I’m glad they have wised up.

Unfortunately, it seems these changes won’t be forced if the end user has automatic updates turned off, which is a real shame. Microsoft has the power to fix something once and for all, and it should just pull the trigger already. They should put their money where their mouth is and pull the band-aid off in one quick motion, expose the wound and let it heal.

So what does this mean? It will certainly make life easier for developers across the globe, but I wonder what the adjustment period will be, if one at all. Will some major system break in Sydney and trash productivity? Will it be Y2K all over again?

Hopefully, thankfully, not.

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