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Microsoft offers IE9 RC via Windows Update
Posted on Feb 15 2011 05:20 AM by xper in Software

Microsoft on Monday began pushing the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) via Windows Update's automatic delivery service to users already running the unfinished browser.

The move is the first ofIE9 Release Candidate, or RC, is the final preview before Microsoft gives the code the green light sometime before the end of March. The company shipped IE9 RC last Thursday.

According to a pair of Microsoft program managers who announced IE9 RC's distribution on a company blog, the new build was to have reached a limited number of users Monday.

"This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over the next few days to cover all Internet Explorer 9 beta users," the company said.

As it did with both IE8 and IE7, Microsoft will give IE9 beta users the option of rejecting or delaying the installation of the RC. Users will see a splash screen before IE9 RC installs that gives them three choices: "Ask me later," "Install" and "Don't Install." Users who pick the first option will see the upgrade offer after the next update session.

Only users running IE9's beta will see the automatic offer. Microsoft recently claimed that 25 million copies of the beta had been downloaded since September 2010. several steps Microsoft will take as it wraps up development of IE9, then starts urging customers, especially consumers, to upgrade.

Full story: ComputerWorld

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