Microsoft has announced plans to implement silent updates for Internet Explorer starting next month.

"Beginning in January it will roll out automatic upgrades of IE to the newest version suitable for a user's version of Windows," writes ITworld's Gregg Keizer. "Windows XP users still on IE6 or IE7, for example, will be updated to IE8; Windows Vista or Windows 7 users running IE7 or IE8 will be pushed to IE9."

"Previously, Microsoft has asked for user permission before upgrading IE from one version to the next, even if Windows' automatic updates are enabled," Keizer writes.

Go to "Microsoft gets silent upgrade religion, will push IE auto-updates" to read the details.

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