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Monday, March 24 12:00 AM ET

Apple Auto-Update Installs Even More Icons to Your Desktop

By Brian Briggs

Cuptertino, CA – Apple has started using its auto-update feature to install Safari on unsuspecting Windows users, but that's not the worst of it.  The update will also install ten new icons on the desktop and the Windows quick launch bar.

Desktop Before Desktop After
Before After

Bill Wertz from Apple defended the practice of adding icons without giving users the option to not have them installed. "Obviously our icons are better than what Windows offers, so for a better user experience we install those icons to the desktop. Giving the user a choice about it would only add confusion," said Wertz.

He said that Apple's graphic designers were working on more icons to include in the next update. "Most of them won't even have programs to link to, but they are very pretty.

Many users were outraged, but unsurprised by this move from Apple. "It's bad enough that I have to delete the iTunes icon for every minor update, but given Steve Job's God complex it doesn't surprise me," said blogger "Windows" Willy.

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Willy posted a screen capture of his desktop before and after the Apple Update.  "I like to keep my desktop as uncluttered as possible, so this just infuriates me."

Wertz said the outcry might make them reconsider the practice, but "probably not. I mean they're only Windows users. How can you trust the judgment of those people?"

Apple shares were up on the news.
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