On IE6 and Windows Update
Once upon a time Internet Explorer’s ties to Windows and Microsoft were it’s biggest strength, but in retrospect, it may have been it’s biggest flaw. Numerous people now use FireFox, Opera, Chrome, and other browsers, but none of these have the single most glaring fault that Internet Explorer boasts about like a badge of honor… Windows Update. Firefox and others all update on their own, automatically, and independently (by default), and give the user little reason to disable this behavior. IE, by contrast, updates through Windows Update (I believe it’s actually been rebranded Microsoft Update now); a service which many people disable because of the risk of receiving updates which cripple their system (as the WGA check did to some people, even though their licenses were valid). This puts a large portion of IE users out of the reach of the update system, and further widens the chasm between each iteration of Internet Explorer.