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Patch Tuesday: Not dead yet

Gregg Keizer | July 27, 2015
Patch Tuesday is not dead.

Again, Microsoft has not said as much. Nor has the company laid out how security updates will be presented to businesses. But there, people like Goettl and others were surer of what will happen.

Businesses that rely on the "Current Branch for Business" (CBB) and/or "Long-term Servicing Branch" (LTSB) for non-security updates will continue to see a Patch Tuesday, Goettl asserted. In fact, he argued that it was this critical part of Microsoft's customer mix that's calling the shots. "They have forced the course on Patch Tuesday," Goettl said.

Gartner's analysts were more aggressive in their belief that Patch Tuesday would remain intact, saying that it would exist for consumer and commercial Windows users. "[Current Branch] does not replace the current monthly security patch program, which will continue to deliver critical security fixes on the second Tuesday of each month," wrote Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans in a recent report for clients. "Security fixes will continue to arrive each month on Patch Tuesday regardless of which branch you select, although they may arrive even more frequently for those on Windows Update."

In a follow-up email, Kleynhans said that although Gartner had no inside information, it expects Patch Tuesday to continue.

But Kleynhans, like everyone else, will just have to wait for Microsoft to say how it is. Or isn't.


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