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With change to cumulative Windows updates, Microsoft admits IE's fading role in the enterprise

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 17, 2017
Starting in February, IE security updates will again be separate, letting business that abandoned the browser receive smaller downloads

And clearly a lot of enterprises have abandoned IE.

According to web analytics vendor Net Applications, in December IE was used by 23% of those running Windows, a decline from 51% just 12 months before.

But industry research firms typically peg enterprises as accounting for approximately 55% of all Windows PCs. That means, assuming every consumer with a Windows system runs something other than IE -- highly unlikely -- at least half of the commercial Windows machines worldwide rely on a browser other than Internet Explorer.

Microsoft will provide a separate IE update on Feb. 14, the next Patch Tuesday, for those enterprises that deploy patches with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or a third-party patch management platform. Only firms that select the Security Only option will be able to eschew the IE package. Firms whose IT administrators choose the Monthly Rollup will continue to receive IE patches as part of the cumulative update.

Consumers or businesses that receive patches from the Windows Update service are automatically handed the Monthly Rollup, and so will not have a choice as to whether to download IE updates.


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