Microsoft has announced plans to roll out the final standalone version of IE7 via its Automatic Update service. You can read about this on many places, including The Web Standards Project. I do think this is a good thing as it -hopefully- will force a large majority to upgrade. Though I'm not sure the people still using the horrid IE5 all use Automatic Update, so it'll probably result in a large portion of IE6 users upgrading (and quite possibly being confused by the new 'features') and a remaining group of lagards still using older versions. So the problems with development still remain. Sigh.