Microsoft puts an end to 'Patch Tuesday' email alerts

Microsoft's 'Patch Tuesday' is a big event for those who manage networks for a living; the updates are meant to patch security flaws and fix bugs in the company's many software platforms. While Microsoft does update its various blogs about the patches, one service they did offer was to send out an email alerting those who signed up about the patches.

Unfortunately, thanks to a change in government regulation, that practice will be halted on July 1st. Below, you can find a copy of the email that Microsoft began sending out today that let readers know that the emails would be coming to a stop next week.

The email does say that it is suspending the practice, which means that it could be turned back on in the future, but that's only speculation at this point. WindowsITPro points out that this could be because of Canada's Anti-Spam regulation that goes into affect on July 1, but Microsoft does not explicitly state that this is the reason.

You can read the email below but if you need alternative ways to be notified about the changes, you can subscribe to these RSS feeds.

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Title: Microsoft Security Notifications
Issued: June 27, 2014
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Notice to IT professionals:

As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning
the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is
suspending the use of email notifications that announce the 
following:

* Security bulletin advance notifications 
* Security bulletin summaries 
* New security advisories and bulletins
* Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

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the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website. 

For more information, or to sign up for an RSS feed, visit the
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http://technet.microsoft.com/security/dd252948.



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