Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

Summary: On April 6, I began receiving reports from users who had not installed the Release Candidate (RC) or the beta of IE9 that they were seeing IE 9 show up via Windows Update -- something that wasn't supposed to be happening until late June.

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Microsoft officials said recently that the company was not going to push Internet Explorer (IE) 9 to users who hadn't tested its latest browser until late June.

On April 6, however, I began receiving reports from users who had not installed the Release Candidate (RC) or the beta of IE9 that they were seeing IE 9 show up via Windows Update -- something that wasn't supposed to be happening yet.

Some users were none too happy about this, given they had been expecting Microsoft to push the update to them -- and their users (if they are administrators for larger networks) -- for a couple more months. (One less disgruntled user did quip: "Better early than never. Now where's my NoDo update?")

Microsoft has marked the update as "important," said users who began seeing it today. It is being pushed to Windows 7, Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 users, according to reports I'm getting.

The Microsoft Knowledge Base Support site does not mention that Microsoft changed plans and decided to start pushing it two months earlier than expected.

I've asked Microsoft what gives. Why is the company pushing IE 9 now instead of late June? No word back yet, other than a spokesperson noting "as is standard, IE9 is available on DLC (Microsoft Download Center) for users to download it manually."

The people from whom I've heard so far are not manually downloading it; they are having it pushed to them. The "published" date on the Windows Update versions is "yesterday" (April 5).

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I'm curious who else out there is seeing IE 9 pushed via Windows Update, Microsoft Update and/or Windows Server Update Services. Meanwhile, there is an IE 9 blocking tool out there for admins who do not want IE 9 made available to their Windows users.

Update: So here's the explanation from Microsoft. When Microsoft officials said in late March that "Internet Explorer 9 will not be broadly rolled out on Windows Update until the end of June," that didn't mean that Microsoft wouldn't roll it out beforehand to those who weren't testing IE9.

The March 29 blog post also stated, "Windows Update for all our Windows customers will start sometime next month and by the end of June we will have a great sense of the enthusiasm on Windows 7 for IE9." So those of us who interpreted the first sentence as meaning it wouldn't go to Windows users broadly until late June should have read the whole post (twice,perhaps).Still, there is/was no exact date in the Microsoft post as to when it would begin being pushed out to all Windows users, creating confusion.

A Microsoft spokesperson also said that users who are encountering IE9 on Windows Update are those who are scanning for new updates. If/when they do this, IE 9 will be "offered" to them. Users still must opt to download it once it is "offered."

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

    It showed in my Updated this morning.
    javajolt
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      @javajolt
      I've built a few systems this week. A few minutes ago it showed up for the first time as I finished patching my last one.
      Admin71
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      @javajolt I saw it today too at my work station, but I was already installing it nonetheless.
      nomorebs
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      @javajolt <br>It showed up in my update on April 2nd
      ppanka
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      Thanks for the update. Your warning allowed me to block the IE9 Update in time. Unfortunately, I do not have time to warn all of my customers before it hits them. The 'no notice', or 'sneak attack', forced update has become the typical Microsoft approach to its customers.
      infoaaa6
      • Interesting

        @info@... I find it interesting that you feel the need to block something that requires the user to manually check to box before it will download. How does this represent a "sneak attack" or "forced update"?
        itpro_z
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @itpro_z@...

        Perhaps he feels that his customers are too dumb to be trusted not to just click whatever appears on the screen.

        Now, the exact reasons for him holding IE9 in such disregard might be interesting.

        I installed it as soon as it became available.
        (Of course, i only use it as a last resort after Opera [and then Firefox] can't handle some Microsoft-centric page.)
        fairportfan
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @info@... This is actually to all who speculated "why" one would not want the update. I've had stability problems with IE 9. Not bad mind you, and rare, but all the same it does give page is not responding errors. If it gives you this error when your composing an email in a box to a company or replying to a friend on facebook, what you wrote isn't backed up. Start over. Not fun. I've stopped bragging about how great it was since the first time it did it. I was impressed initially with IE 9. Not so much now. I'm back to Firefox which has almost never crashed on me for anything other than massive flash and java issues caused by the webmaster in every case I can remember.
        blueskip
      • RE: blueskip

        blueskip, I have had some stability issues with IE9, but then again I have had stability issues with every browser I have used, including FF, so that does not surprise me. IE9 is improving rapidly, so I see less issues today than I did when I first installed it. I would also say the same about FF4, which has settled down considerably.

        I have not seen the email issue, but my wife has complained about it on her laptop so I know it exists. She now types her longer emails in her word processor (Libre Office), then pastes them into her email. I am not sure what causes that issue, but I saw the same thing in IE8 when typing posts such as this one. I learned to hit CTRL-A and CTRL-C before posting anything very long, or use a word processor like I suggested to my wife.
        itpro_z
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        Gabriel Hernandez
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @info@... Yeah - and they probably have no concept of how many corporate users they are pi$$ing off with their heavy handed arrogant attitude. We will never see the update because all our users are still on a solid XP platform.
        Willnott
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        fairportfan said "...Perhaps he feels that his customers are too dumb to be trusted not to just click whatever appears on the screen...." Actually that IS the rule more so than not in every corp environment - only a SMALL portion are actually IT aware.... Others just blow & go with no thought or concept about keeping their tools in good shape ...
        Willnott
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @info@...
        I know MS used to do this, but with Win7 you are given a choice as to how you want updates handled when initially configuring this and again to tick or not, to install each update. I'm no fan of MS, much prefer 'Squeeze' unfortunately still have to use Windows at times. Sure miss the freedom and power to do what you like with your own laptop in linux.
        mazinoz
    • Ditto on my Win 7 update.

      @javajolt
      Got it yesterday.
      kd5auq
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      @javajolt
      Showed up as an "important update" this morning. I hadn't been looking for it or even checked into it until today. Decided to skip this one for now.
      jacksonsk
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      @javajolt I had to uninstall it. I was building a simple site on Yahoo Business using their "site Solution" website building script and could not continue until I uninstalled it and went back to IE8
      dapted
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @dapted
        r3xpert
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @dapted Funny, Yahoo is pushing this update as well - of course with the yahoo toolbar. AND it does not work with their site builder???? You'd think they would test before sending out the mass email - such as I received for my commercial site.
        r3xpert
    • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

      I had IE9 RC om my machine and my bank would not accept it because they redid their web page and RC's and betas wouldn't work. I reloaded Windows 7 and I received the IE9 as an update along with SP1. That was the only way I could do banking online. Go figure.
      tercom
      • RE: Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

        @tercom

        You know they can' scan for specific versions and then block them for lack of anything, right? That isn't a Go Figure but an issue the bank has with you using a browser in such status! not Microsoft's fault
        Ez_Customs