But Mozilla isn't the only browser maker to now use automatic upgrading: Last December, Microsoft announced it would automatically upgrade Internet Explorer (IE) to the newest browser suitable for each version of Windows without asking users for approval. Conceivably, the IE auto-upgrade could put an end to IE6, the nearly-11-year-old browser that Microsoft has been trying to bury for years.
IE's automatic upgrading has kicked off in Brazil and Australia; Microsoft will expand it worldwide this year.
Firefox 3.6 accounted for a significant chunk of Mozilla's usage share last month. By metrics company Net Applications' estimates, 13 percent of all copies of Firefox, or about one in eight, were version 3.6.
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