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March 21, 2008

Safari comes in auto-update. Windows users under ADD, Cannot see update options!

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 7:10 pm

Apple is now bundling Safari in Windows auto-update option. That small practice used by all software vendors (since mankind started doing qwerty dance) has come under criticism. Mozilla CEO is not happy and CNet reporters are all echoing the same outrage. Browser components are part of other Apple products, definitely iTunes. So all this outrage is bit overblown.

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What's the big deal. Don't insult user's intelligence by crying foul on their behalf. They know how to uncheck the checkbox. One can argue it's way more simple to uncheck the box as compared to changing default search box setting on Firefox.

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  1. Marc says:

    His concern is hollow. Anybody who went through automated update and restart drill with Firefox should know better:-

    That’s a problem because of the dynamic I described above — by and large, all software makers are trying to get users to trust us on updates, and so the likely behavior here is for users to just click “Install 2 items,” which means that they’ve now installed a completely new piece of software, quite possibly completely unintentionally. Apple has made it incredibly easy — the default, even — for users to install ride along software that they didn’t ask for, and maybe didn’t want. This is wrong, and borders on malware distribution practices.

    It’s wrong because it undermines the trust that we’re all trying to build with users. Because it means that an update isn’t just an update, but is maybe something more. Because it ultimately undermines the safety of users on the web by eroding that relationship. It’s a bad practice and should stop.

    [I’ll make 2 points that I want to make very clear: (1) this is not a criticism of Safari as a web browser in any way, and (2) I have no objections to the basic industry practice of using your installed software as a channel for other software. This is specifically a criticism of the way they’re using the updating system. I’d much prefer to be writing about Firefox, but this practice hurts everyone and is important to note.]

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