Microsoft set to ask users to upgrade to IE8

Legacy Internet Explorer users to get notifications

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Microsoft will soon be telling users of IE6 and IE7 that they should update to IE8, with the company rolling out notifications from the 'third week in April.'

According to the official IEBlog, Microsoft will soon start its attempt to get users off of legacy versions of the Internet Explorer browser and onto its latest version.

"Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8.

Expanding over time

"This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important."

Microsoft is at pains to point out that it will not be automatically moving any IE users onto IE8, with the upgrade remaining an 'opt in.'

"IE8 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers choices: Ask later, install now, or don't install," adds the post.

Via The Register