Description: Internet Explorer security patch includes an ad-generator for upgrading to Windows 10
Source: Win Beta
Date: March 9, 2016
Security update KB 3139929 for Internet Explorer also installs another update called KB 3146449. It is the second update that Leonhard takes issue with, because it doesn’t appear to be security related.
Instead this new update is an “ad generator” of sorts, which promotes upgrading to Windows 10 in Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 PCs. Microsoft’s documentation for KB 3146449 states “this update adds functionality to Internet Explorer 11 on some computers that lets users learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10.”
Questions for discussion:
1. Should marketing through difficult-to-uninstall OS updates be allowable?
2. What other alternatives could Microsoft explore to push downloads for their new OS?