Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7, which has been out in Beta form for a while now and is freely available for download, will see its final version be shipped as a "high priority" update for Windows, and would be done automatically via Windows Update.
Due for general release by the end of 2006, the new browser is more secure and up-to-date. Whilst IE6 will not be discontinued, Microsoft strongly suggests migration to IE7 since IE6 has many loopholes for which countless security fixes are needed.
Most people here at bit
use Mozilla Firefox, which has recently released Beta 2
and a smaller percentage use Opera, which again has recently released a new version, Opera 9
So which browser is better? If you don't already have a favourite, you can pop down to ExtremeTech
who have produced a useful chart detailing features.
Is Microsoft being a bit pushy for having IE7 put as a high priority update, or is it no different from Firefox's automatic updates? Will you be making the transition or have you already done so with the beta? Let us know what you think in the forums.