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

Microsoft last week backtracked from a 2016 decision to offer Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users only cumulative updates, saying on Friday that starting next month it will again provide Internet Explorer (IE) security patches as a separate download.

The change was a tacit admission by Microsoft that IE has lost its place of primacy in the enterprise, a fact supported by a disastrous decline in third-party measurements of the browser’s user and usage shares over the past year.

“Customers have requested increased flexibility for deploying the Security Only updates for Windows independently of the fixes for Internet Explorer,” Nathan Mercer, a Microsoft senior product marketing manager, wrote in a post to a company blog Jan. 13.

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