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What to expect for Microsoft’s ‘Patch Tuesday’

With Patch Tuesday (the name given to the the second tuesday of every month where Microsoft releases security patches for its operating systems) coming up soon, the time has come for the faithful Windows crowd to update their OS from various security flaws.

Read on to find out more about what to expect for this month’s Patch Tuesday, and whether it’ll affect you or not.

Come next tuesday, you might be a little relieved when the time comes to hit the Windows Update button in your taskbar or Control Panel.

According to technology news website eWeek.com, this month’s Patch Tuesday will contain only 2 security bulletins, an unusually low number from the Redmond giant.

The first update will be a security patch for the 3 most popular Windows operating systems (XP, Vista and 7), and the second update will focus on Excel 2002, Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 for Windows, Excel 2004, Excel 2008 and the Open XML File Format Converter for OS X, along with Sharepoint Server and Excel Viewer.

Both updates will be labelled as ‘Important’.

In addition, Microsoft is also making use of the opportunity to remind users that the following versions of Windows will soon be unsupported:

– Support for Windows XP (SP2) will cease on July 13, 2010
– RTM builds of Windows Vista will be unsupported from July 12, 2010.
– Extended support for Windows 2000 will also cease on July 13, 2010 and will be deemed to have EOL-ed, with no more access to any form of updates or patches.

Source: eWeek

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