No critical security updates planned for Microsoft's next "Patch Tuesday"

Microsoft's next "Patch Tuesday" event is scheduled for January 14th, but in terms of new security software updates, January will be one of the lightest months in years. Today, Microsoft revealed that only four security bulletins will be offered on Tuesday, but none of them have the "Critical" label.

Instead, the advanced notifications blog post states that the four bulletins have the lower "Important" label. One of those updates, MS14-002, will close an exploit that was previously discovered in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The other three security patches will fix issues with Windows 7, SharePoint, Microsoft Word and other software programs. None of these "Important" updates will be to fix holes in Internet Explorer, which represents the first time in several months this has happened.

Besides the four security bulletins, Microsoft is expected to use "Patch Tuesday" to release some more software updates, including new firmware for its Surface tablets. Microsoft pulled the December Surface Pro 2 firmware from circulation a few weeks ago after some owners of the tablet said they had installation and battery issues.

Windows XP PC owners only have a few more months of security and bug patches; Microsoft still plans to cut off support for the over 12-year old operating system on April 8th.

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watkinsx2 said,

This makes no sense.

Well it does if your determined to take any story like this as a 'bad thing' for Microsoft. The other way round he'd simply say 'M$ suxxors cos of all dem security holes innit'.

You aren't allowed to be positive about Microsoft - please get on board with the 'program' dude!

Well, all I wanted to say is that Microsoft is becoming either harder target or more likely loosing its appeal as nr1 target, because of other platforms like android. Even more likely, that it was a slow week for Microsoft considering its new year and a lot of people took holidays.

This!
Java currently is "the bomb" for malware. There is an update notification but clicking it is not nearly enough. you need to click between 6 and 8 times to install the update. Additionally it installs extra software just like those bad adwares do.

I have clients that seriously think they have updated because they clicked twice. Others think it is some type of malware because it installs the extras

I agree, java is the bomb, and I wish it would blow up!

Always has been one of the biggest POS's out there and has just about always installed something "extra" along the way.

Exactly why no one that doesn't ABSOLUTELY REQUIRE it, NOT to install it. I never have and have never missed it!

I was wondering if XP was still available how many people would by a new XP computer instead of a new one with 7/8 on it.

FTFY:

"I was wondering if XP was still available how many idiots would by a new XP computer instead of a new one with 7/8 on it."

wahoospa said,
I was wondering if XP was still available how many people would by a new XP computer instead of a new one with 7/8 on it.

I don't think resellers have been able to ship a machine bundled with XP for quite some time now.

If you're just theorizing whether anyone would go for XP: I don't know the answer to that. If someone has a specific need to stick with XP, that's one thing...but to go out and buy a new machine with it: that's just downright ridiculous. Anyone willing to sell a customer an XP machine, without trying to dissuade said customer, is just not being very honest.

_dandy_ said,

I don't think resellers have been able to ship a machine bundled with XP for quite some time now.

I recently had a malware infected computer come into my office that they bought at "Dakota PC warehouse" in Sioux city. It had XP on it but had a Windows 7 Pro product sticker on the side. I told her lets reinstall windows and put windows 7 on there. There was nothing she needed XP for. All she did was web and email.

If you're just theorizing whether anyone would go for XP: I don't know the answer to that. If someone has a specific need to stick with XP, that's one thing...but to go out and buy a new machine with it: that's just downright ridiculous. Anyone willing to sell a customer an XP machine, without trying to dissuade said customer, is just not being very honest.

warwagon said,
I recently had a malware infected computer come into my office that they bought at "Dakota PC warehouse" in Sioux city. It had XP on it but had a Windows 7 Pro product sticker on the side. I told her lets reinstall windows and put windows 7 on there. There was nothing she needed XP for. All she did was web and email.

If the sticker was for 7 Pro, doesn't that imply she blew it away and installed XP on it herself (or someone did it for her)...?

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