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Patch Tuesday preview: Get your Windows XP patches while they last

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 10, 2014
Microsoft plans to deliver just four security updates next week, none of them marked "critical," to quash vulnerabilities in Windows, Word, SharePoint Server and Dynamics AX.

In December, Microsoft delivered 11 security updates, pushing 2013 into a tie with 2010 for the record of most in one year. The company also patched its IE browser in each month of 2013.

Microsoft also called out several non-security updates it plans to ship next Tuesday, including eight restricted to Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1. But it did not list a firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 tablet that owners have been clamoring for since Dec. 10, when a flawed update caused a litany of power management problems.

The company's technical support representatives have told numerous customers that the firmware update fix will be released Jan. 14.

Microsoft will release next week's security updates on Jan. 14 around 1 p.m. ET.


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