In January of 2012 Microsoft will start pushing out updates for the aforementioned Windows Operating System versions, who’s users may have an older version of Internet Explorer (IE), this update will move you to the latest for your Windows version as XP cannot run IE9, so likely if you are running IE6 you will update to IE8.
Those users or corporate customers who have run the tool to deny any update in IE will have this option respected and you should not be updated to the latest version.
“Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take a measured approach, scaling up over time.
As always, when upgrading from one version of Internet Explorer to the next through Windows Update, the user’s home page, search provider, and default browser remains unchanged.
Good for Consumers, Developers and Enterprises
The Web overall is better – and safer – when more people run the most up-to-date browser. Our goal is to make sure that Windows customers have the most up-to-date and safest browsing experience possible, with the best protections against malicious software such as malware.
For consumers, the safety benefits are one of the key reasons that the industry has been moving towards automatic updates as the norm. This is increasingly important since the biggest online threat these days is socially engineered malware, which typically targets outdated software like Web browsers. The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which is based on data from over 600 million systems in over 100 countries, is good reading to give you a sense of risks that stem from outdated software.
We want to make updating to the best protection possible as fast and simple as we can for Windows customers. IE is how millions of Windows customers connect to the Web, so keeping that part of Windows updated at all times is critical to keeping them safe online. With automatic updates enabled through Windows Update, customers can receive IE9 and future versions of Internet Explorer seamlessly without any “update fatigue” issues.”
I have to agree with many of the points raised in the post and the quotes from other sources in that keep your browser or even PC and all its software up to date is the best security option you can use, anything out of date is a risk.
Full information HERE from Ryan Gavin, General Manager, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing and Microsoft.