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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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.

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"

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

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.

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

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...

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.

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 ..........!!!!

"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...

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