IE 9 users to be bumped to final release automatically

Microsoft has announced that users running the Internet Explorer 9 release candidate will automatically be upgraded to the final version when it's released.

Buried in the final lines of a February 10 blog post - and spotted by WinRumors - IE boss Dean Hachamovitch notes that those who install the RC will be bumped to the final release when it ships.

''After the final release, we will automatically update IE 9 RC users to the final build,'' he said.

That does not, however, mean users will have no choice but to upgrade - the update will be offered via Windows Update as an ''Important'' update. As with all Windows Updates, users will still have the choice to not install IE 9 final.

Starting today, those who installed the IE 9 Beta last year will also be offered an upgrade to the release candidate via Windows Update.

In preparation for the final release of IE 9 - Microsoft is yet to reveal when the finished product will ship - the company has also made available the IE 9 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit. The toolkit allows administrators to prevent machines on their networks from automatically upgrading to IE 9 when the final version is released. Machines with the IE 9 beta or RC already installed will still upgrade to the final version, regardless of whether it has been blocked with the toolkit. Windows Server Update Services or System Center Configuration Manager customers can manage the rollout of IE 9 without using the toolkit.

It's worth noting that the automatic updating of users running pre-release versions of Internet Explorer is nothing new - Microsoft followed the exact same strategy for the 2009 release of Internet Explorer 8.

The release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 was released last week and brought improved tab functionality, a polished, Chrome-like UI, moveable tab bar elements and tracking protection, though users will need to manually add lists to be protected.

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"Windows Server Update Services or System Center Configuration Manager customers can manage the rollout of IE 9 without using the toolkit."
Thank god for that...

Why the excitement in yet another feature packed crappy browser.. I mean all these years of development, and guess what they missed.. paste & go . go on try it out paste and address, right click.. thats right NO paste & go , everything is a 2 part... that's modern not ..........!!!!

What's the point of this article, given that All Vista+ users are gonna get IE9 as an Important update, be they using IE7, 8, or 9RC, unless they have specifically ran the block tool to prevent the update from being shown..

Would have been better off to announce that Everyone has to update than single out just a single group of people.

Be carefully by installing IE9 RC - it is not compatible with actual (7.20) SAP GUI (if you use it, of course). You will experience suddenly closing of SAP GUI in various transactions...

this will be pretty good. Although, as far as the TPL, there's still no way to use it (that I can see) to block Flash based ads and whole frames, like you can with AdBlock Plus in Firefox

Does anyone know the name for the windows manager software shown in the picture (those buttons next to the minimize button)?

astroX said,
Does anyone know the name for the windows manager software shown in the picture (those buttons next to the minimize button)?

cant remember the name, but some software that includes a 2nd taskbar in windows has similar extra window managing buttons.

astroX said,
Does anyone know the name for the windows manager software shown in the picture (those buttons next to the minimize button)?
DisplayFusion I believe.

Microsoft has finally done it with IE9. I lost hope and strting using Firefox 3 years ago. But using IE again.

Nothing I hate more than things wanting to automatically update!! Granted, for the average user it is a very good feature.

Probably won't jump on this bandwagon instantly either. Don't have any previous release of it installed although I did try the beta for about 10 minutes. That did uninstall pretty cleanly!!

cork1958 said,
Nothing I hate more than things wanting to automatically update!! Granted, for the average user it is a very good feature.

Probably won't jump on this bandwagon instantly either. Don't have any previous release of it installed although I did try the beta for about 10 minutes. That did uninstall pretty cleanly!!

It does not automatically update. It updates through Windows Update. Did you even read the article?

cork1958 said,
Nothing I hate more than things wanting to automatically update!! Granted, for the average user it is a very good feature.

Probably won't jump on this bandwagon instantly either. Don't have any previous release of it installed although I did try the beta for about 10 minutes. That did uninstall pretty cleanly!!

i thought you were still using xp becuz it is "good enough"

Although I can already imagine corporate customers hating the idea of this being an "important" update and possibly being installed by default, this is honestly a great upgrade and hopefully, hopefully, comes across well when we see this thing around springtime?

Still, with the speed of Chrome, and the presence of a good browser in Internet Explorer (who imagine those words going together), what's the hold for people on Firefox? It's become the slowest of the major competitors, and while it does have the most extensions, that's slowly being taken by Chrome, and IE will likely lack any meaningful equivalent till the next version maybe?

Still, good to hear this will be pushed out there. Heaven knows it'll make the web community out there happy the sooner everyones on something that's quite standards complient.

clindhartsen said,
Although I can already imagine corporate customers hating the idea of this being an "important" update and possibly being installed by default, this is honestly a great upgrade and hopefully, hopefully, comes across well when we see this thing around springtime?

Still, with the speed of Chrome, and the presence of a good browser in Internet Explorer (who imagine those words going together), what's the hold for people on Firefox? It's become the slowest of the major competitors, and while it does have the most extensions, that's slowly being taken by Chrome, and IE will likely lack any meaningful equivalent till the next version maybe?

Still, good to hear this will be pushed out there. Heaven knows it'll make the web community out there happy the sooner everyones on something that's quite standards complient.

IE has been extendable using COM (better known as activex) since IE5, nobody uses it though, except to make stupid browser bars

clindhartsen said,
Although I can already imagine corporate customers hating the idea of this being an "important" update and possibly being installed by default, this is honestly a great upgrade and hopefully, hopefully, comes across well when we see this thing around springtime?

Still, with the speed of Chrome, and the presence of a good browser in Internet Explorer (who imagine those words going together), what's the hold for people on Firefox? It's become the slowest of the major competitors, and while it does have the most extensions, that's slowly being taken by Chrome, and IE will likely lack any meaningful equivalent till the next version maybe?

Still, good to hear this will be pushed out there. Heaven knows it'll make the web community out there happy the sooner everyones on something that's quite standards complient.

microsoft offer blocker toolkit for IE9 http://www.microsoft.com/downl...b793-4d17-837d-01776bf2bea4
so corporate won't suffer...

clindhartsen said,
Although I can already imagine corporate customers hating the idea of this being an "important" update and possibly being installed by default, this is honestly a great upgrade and hopefully, hopefully, comes across well when we see this thing around springtime?#
This article is about the RC. Why on earth would a corporate environment be using the IE9 RC?

clindhartsen said,
Although I can already imagine corporate customers hating the idea of this being an "important" update and possibly being installed by default, this is honestly a great upgrade and hopefully, hopefully, comes across well when we see this thing around springtime?

If Corporate IT does it "right," users won't be able to update to IE9 until IT deems it necessary.

clindhartsen said,
Although I can already imagine corporate customers hating the idea of this being an "important" update and possibly being installed by default, this is honestly a great upgrade and hopefully, hopefully, comes across well when we see this thing around springtime?

Still, with the speed of Chrome, and the presence of a good browser in Internet Explorer (who imagine those words going together), what's the hold for people on Firefox? It's become the slowest of the major competitors, and while it does have the most extensions, that's slowly being taken by Chrome, and IE will likely lack any meaningful equivalent till the next version maybe?

Still, good to hear this will be pushed out there. Heaven knows it'll make the web community out there happy the sooner everyones on something that's quite standards complient.

Chrome add-ons suck and you can't not customize the ui.

The browser to look out for is the dark horse Opera! I bet amazing things are about to happen soon.

Firefox and Opera will always be my browsers of chose.

What's a good free ad-blocking solution for IE? That seems to be the only thing that's stopping me from using IE on a day-to-day basis.

bjc4ever said,
What's a good free ad-blocking solution for IE? That seems to be the only thing that's stopping me from using IE on a day-to-day basis.

Use the built in In-Private browsing. You can configure it to be turned on by default.

bjc4ever said,
What's a good free ad-blocking solution for IE? That seems to be the only thing that's stopping me from using IE on a day-to-day basis.

Wow talking about total clueless and ignorance. Did you read the features list (assuming you installed RC)? IE has one built in since 8. It was called InPrivate Filtering, now upgraded to Tracking Proctection List (TPL). It's on the IE test drive page (http://ie.microsoft.com/testdr...rotectionLists/Default.html) The nice people that create the EasyList for ABP converted their to ie9 format along with a handful other lists published on that page. If you want to remove tracking, go to this addition page that the nice people on Easylist forum made: http://tpl.funkydude.co.uk/

ccoltmanm said,

Use the built in In-Private browsing. You can configure it to be turned on by default.

He said ad-blocking... not private browsing.

MidTxWRX said,

He said ad-blocking... not private browsing.


oh doG, well...MS did hide this feature intentionally from people for various commercial reason. But they have been pretty vocal about this adblock feature for IE9. They change the named from InPrivate Filtering to Tracking Protection List. Look it up in my previous post, dear doG.

bjc4ever said,
What's a good free ad-blocking solution for IE? That seems to be the only thing that's stopping me from using IE on a day-to-day basis.
It's called a hosts file. http://www.mvps.org/

flexkeyboard said,

oh doG, well...MS did hide this feature intentionally from people for various commercial reason. But they have been pretty vocal about this adblock feature for IE9. They change the named from InPrivate Filtering to Tracking Protection List. Look it up in my previous post, dear doG.
Duh! They are in competition with Google. Google tracks you. Microsoft wants to make it perfectly clear that you can stop Google from tracking you and showing you stupid ****ing ads.

So, with those lists you removed perfectly all ads? You kidding me? Those "official" lists are made to protect you only from "Tracking." If you don't know what is going on, just ask.

Check what "Flexkeyboard" wrote above... But even while "Easylist + EasyPrivacy" have been added, still you don't get 100% perfect results as I tested...

And unfortunately those lists working at the expense of speed while in Firefox actually increasing the speed.

flexkeyboard said,

Wow talking about total clueless and ignorance. Did you read the features list (assuming you installed RC)? IE has one built in since 8. It was called InPrivate Filtering, now upgraded to Tracking Proctection List (TPL). It's on the IE test drive page (http://ie.microsoft.com/testdr...rotectionLists/Default.html) The nice people that create the EasyList for ABP converted their to ie9 format along with a handful other lists published on that page. If you want to remove tracking, go to this addition page that the nice people on Easylist forum made: http://tpl.funkydude.co.uk/

That was incredibly rude.

flexkeyboard said,

Wow talking about total clueless and ignorance. Did you read the features list (assuming you installed RC)? IE has one built in since 8. It was called InPrivate Filtering, now upgraded to Tracking Proctection List (TPL). It's on the IE test drive page (http://ie.microsoft.com/testdr...rotectionLists/Default.html) The nice people that create the EasyList for ABP converted their to ie9 format along with a handful other lists published on that page. If you want to remove tracking, go to this addition page that the nice people on Easylist forum made: http://tpl.funkydude.co.uk/

thx buddy , that was handy

bjc4ever said,
What's a good free ad-blocking solution for IE? That seems to be the only thing that's stopping me from using IE on a day-to-day basis.

I prefer Admuncher
+it works with all browsers, no need fpr single addons any longer
+it block a little bit more than this InPrivate/Tracking filter, e.g. advertisement in videos, unknow popus/DIV floating elements,....

--It's not for free, it cost 20 or 30 US$/year

Night Prowler said,
Awesome! Bring it on. FF is history!

lol, it will be at this rate! i love my FF because of it's proper ad blocking; however i use chrome for speed...

can't see me moving to this though; might be worth a test drive i suppose...

r3stle55 said,

lol, it will be at this rate! i love my FF because of it's proper ad blocking; however i use chrome for speed...

can't see me moving to this though; might be worth a test drive i suppose...


You should get a big incentive now that IE9 has beaten Chromium nightly in Sunspider

day2die said,

You should get a big incentive now that IE9 has beaten Chromium nightly in Sunspider

eh, that will last a few weeks at most. Whist the speed that IE9 is/will be will stay the same for two+ years again.

DrCheese said,

eh, that will last a few weeks at most. Whist the speed that IE9 is/will be will stay the same for two+ years again.

What is it with this two+ years bit? IE has been on a one year release cycle since IE8, they even stated it many times now. Expect some new version for 2012, be it 9.x or 10, dunno at this point.

Sadly IE9 is missing still missing many basic features and then still behind in web standard compliance.

still1 said,
well that was easy.....

Title is misleading. Article also said:

"That does not, however, mean users will have no choice but to upgrade - the update will be offered via Windows Update as an ''Important'' update. As with all Windows Updates, users will still have the choice to not install IE 9 final."

Neowin Article Titles are like traps. If you fall into it, that means you didn't read their article completely