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I'm ok with it, especially if it gets people off IE6 (Too new to be retro, too old to be good). I don't use IE, but I do use Chrome, and Chrome has been auto-updating for quite a while, with no ill effects that I have noticed. And I have noticed positive effects, but in a passive way. It's been a long time since I've dealt with a virus on my own machines, in part thanks to critical updates being installed promptly and automatically. Hey, they are called critical for a reason. Firefox also pushes auto updates, for that matter.
I've never even noticed when Chrome is auto-updating, and hopefully IE will be as painless, although we shall see about that.