IEBlog : Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8:
“Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important.”
If you turn on Auto updates, IE8 will not automatically install. All that it’s doing is offering up. If you choose ‘notify me’ or ‘download but do not install’ it also appears to you that it’s being pushed but it’s really not.
Internet Explorer 8, now being pushed – isc:
Not pushed, just offered up.
(edit) Let me be really clear on this “Pushed” in patching terms means that it will be shoved out via automatic updates. It is not being shoved or pushed out. It is up in the high priority. It will not auto install if auto updates are enabled.