Google's Chrome browser already does it, but now Microsoft Internet Explorer browser is to offer automatic updates so users don't have to bother wondering whether they have the latest update or not.

"Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC," the company detailed on the Windows Team Blog. "This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take a measured approach, scaling up over time."

Microsoft say the reason for the move is to make sure that users are using the latest, and therefore safest version of the company's browser rather than have the situation as it is at the moment whereby a number of users are still on the rather old IE6.

However acknowledging that being on the new frontier of web surfing isn't for everyone, Microsoft has confirmed that you will be able to opt out of the option to get your updates when they are available.

"While the benefits of upgrading are numerous, we recognise that some organisations and individuals may want to opt-out and set their own upgrade pace. One of the things we’re committed to as we move to auto updates is striking the right balance for consumers and enterprises - getting consumers the most up-to-date version of their browser while allowing enterprises to update their browsers on their schedule."