One of the Microsoft ‘fanboys’ main complaints about the world of Apple products and software is that it is a very ‘closed’ system. Apple maintain very close control over what people can run on their Macs, this is arguably why there are no significant virus issues on Macs (and why the average Mac user is so smug!)
Microsoft have therefore in many people’s view been part of the problem with current virus and trojan issues – IE6 has been ‘full of holes’ for years but is still one of the main browsers used around the world. Also the people who use it are mostly going to be the ones who don’t have sufficient security on their PC’s thereby allowing remote control or access by ‘bad people’.
Microsoft have acknowledged that IE6 is a nail for a while but have done nothing more than ‘suggest’ people upgrade!
Well finally they are going to act and actually update people’s machines without their consent! Not quite true as you will be able to opt out (not sure why you would) but if you have auto update activated (and everyone should) it will push either IE8 to XP users or IE7 to Vista and Windows7 users.
Perhaps this will finally start to make the job of the spammers more difficult – and perhaps Microsoft are finally discovering that Steve Jobs was correct all those years ago when he fell out with Bill Gates – control is good!