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What's the simplest process for doing an 'application update' check (without webstart)? Would this work:

1) set up a file on a web server that has the latest version information
2) in the application, have a 'check for updates' option that pings the web
server and retrieves the version information and checks it against the version of the app currently runing.
3) if they match, tell the user he has the latest version, else open the browser to a web page where they can install the latest version.
 
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That would work perfectly well. Be sure to handle the "network unavailable" case gracefully, and probably offer a chance for the user to turn the checks off.
 
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