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Internet Explorer to start automatically updating itself in January

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Microsoft plans to introduce automatic update functionality to Internet Explorer 8 and 9 for those running Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The service will begin to roll out in January.

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Microsoft plans to bring automatic updates to Internet Explorer 8 and 9 — the company says the web is "better and safer" when people run the latest browser available for their PC. Much like Firefox and Chrome before it, the feature will ensure that consumers and business users alike will be up-to-date with the current version of IE, without the hassle of updating manually. Don't worry though — Microsoft realizes it won't work in every situation, and it's easy to opt-out. Customers who have disabled receiving the latest version of Internet Explorer via Windows Update will not be enrolled, and Microsoft will also offer IE8 and IE9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits which will allow enterprise admins to make the leap on their own schedule. The service will launch on a rolling basis to those running Windows XP, Vista, and 7 starting in January, with Australia and Brazil slated as the first territories to receive the updates.