If we make it through to 2012, and on the morning of January 1st, once that lingering hangover has somewhat subsided, and we have yet again sworn sobriety, we should be conscious enough to make at least two interesting observations.
The first, that the predictions of vast Hollywood budgets and exhausting calculations of the ancient Aztecs were, alas, as accurate as the speculated outcomes of Y2K.
The second, that Microsoft will update/upgrade its popular Internet Explorer (IE) browser automatically.
The reason why this information is noteworthy is not just because the software giant has finally caught up with its competitors (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, who have been automatically deploying updates for a while now). Microsoft is proclaiming the confidence it has in its ability to patch, and possibly predict, the vulnerabilities of its software and the needs of its users. Microsoft’s reputation for updates has been sloppy (and I dare say, at times even insulting). As a result, I had made it a point to never to install an official Microsoft update until a week after it has been issued. For as long as I can remember, Windows updates have proved themselves extremely efficient at solving one problem and creating another. Whenever I have been notified of an update, I have allowed for a full week to go by, for the innocent unfortunate users to plague Windows’ support with problems, and consequentially for the update to be updated.
On the rare occasion that I had caused my system to hiccup as a result of downloading and installing an update too soon, I was fortunate enough to rely on Reimage PC Repair (a trusty little tool that we use at work whenever something goes wrong) to put things back in order, while still retaining the update or patch.
But this is all in the past. Microsoft has had a very good year for updates and improvements. There have been relatively very few bug reports. Some major updates were installed so smoothly that they went almost unnoticed. Maybe this is a new Microsoft policy, and developers will no longer issue a slapdash fix or patch to temporarily plug up a recently discovered vulnerability. Perhaps it is a ploy to lull us into a false state of confidence, before convincing us to purchase the new Windows 8 (2012)?
Whatever the case maybe, I think that this year I will be allowing automatic updates from Microsoft… and get another annual subscription for Reimage, just in case.