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Microsoft Update requires Internet Explorer?

By chris ·
After a MS update error, I went to update.microsoft.com to get a better look at what updates were recommended.
I was using Mozilla Firefox, and instead of reaching Microsoft's Update site, I was given a page stating that the update page is not available unless you are using at least MS Internet Explorer 5.
Of course, there was a directive that you could go to the download page (link was provided) and look for the updates you need.
Is it just me, or does this reek of Microsoft's past antitrust transgressions with Internet Explorer?
Or is it a non-issue since both browsers are free anyway?

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No anti-trust involved

by NickNielsen In reply to Microsoft Update requires ...

MS uses proprietary technology (ActiveX) on its web pages. You're trying to access proprietary material (MS updates). If you want the convenience, use IE. Simple as that.

I've used FF as my default browser for years. Until a recent change in our on-line timekeeping at work, the only reason I've used IE has been to access the MS Update site.

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World browser

by p.j.hutchison In reply to Microsoft Update requires ...

There is another browser you can use to do windows updates, call The World Browser:
http://www.ioage.com/en/

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No anti-trust.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Microsoft Update requires ...

Would you expect Chevy to provide support if you dropped in a Ford engine?

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IETab

by neilb@uk In reply to Microsoft Update requires ...

That way, EVERYBODY is happy.

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Not on the Lexmark support site

by NickNielsen In reply to IETab

Tried it, the site didn't like it. IE or nothing.

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