I returned to work from a 2+ week vacation this morning. When I fired up SAS Enterprise Guide (as I do each work day and occasionally on weekends), I was greeted with this message:
I'm a trusting fellow, but I still clicked on the link in the message to learn more information about the update. All of the improvements seemed good to me, so I clicked Close and Install.
My SAS Enterprise Guide session closed and a moment later I saw the patch being applied:
I think that this "automatic update" is a tremendous feature whose time has come (if it's not overdue). However, not everyone will want to update their software on SAS' schedule. You can defer the update with Remind me later, or select Skip this version in order to not be reminded again (until the next update). You can always check for updates from the Help menu.
UPDATE: Since posting this article last week, I've heard from several concerned citizens who have said "Whoah! I hope that admins can disable this! We can't have our users updating their own applications!" Yes, the "Check for Updates" notification and menu item can be disabled by using a configuration switch. If you're a SAS admin who needs this option, see the admin guides have instructions. For SAS Enterprise Guide, see this section of SAS® 9.4 Intelligence Platform: Desktop Application Administration Guide. For SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office, see this section.
Note that the feature does not allow end users to update their PC applications if they don't already have privileges to do so.