Apple modifies update tool

PC giant silently responds to fierece allegations

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  April 20, 2008

Apple has tweaked its online Windows update tool, following allegations that the firm was sneaking its Safari browser onto PCs.

The company's Automatic Update 2.1 utility now includes a box labeled 'New Software', and a separate box for relevant software updates.

This redesign follows criticism of Apple's decision last month to include its Safari browser for Windows along with a QuickTime and iTunes security update.

Apple hasn't acknowledged recent comments, but stated that the changes were made to enhance usability. Anuj Nayar, a representative for Apple stated, “In this latest release we have made it easier for customers to identify between software updates and new applications.”

Although the firm has included a separate box for new software, items in this box are presently checked by default - a decision that possibly led to CEO of Mozilla John Lilly's blog comment that Apple has “a bit more to do”.

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