Microsoft is Introducing an Additional Patch Tuesday for Non-Security Updates

Rafia Shaikh
Posted Mar 30, 2016
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Microsoft is making a change to how it delivers security and non-security updates every month to Office. Until now, the company has delivered all the updates to Office on the same Tuesday, along with the releases to rest of its products. A new Patch Tuesday is now being added for delivering non-security updates.

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Microsoft announces an “important change” in the release schedule

Microsoft’s Office Sustained Engineering Team has announced a new Office update schedule. Starting from next month, all the future non-security related Microsoft Office updates will be sent out on the first Tuesday of every month. Up until now, the company has delivered both the security and non-security updates in the same package on the second Tuesday of every month. Security updates will continue to come on Patch Tuesday to Office, which will be the second Tuesday of every month.

Here is how the new security update schedule will work:

We want to let you know about an important change coming to the release schedule for Office updates so that you can plan accordingly. Until now, both security and non-security updates have been released on the second Tuesday of each month. Starting in April, the non-security updates will be released in Microsoft Update and the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) on the first Tuesday of the month, which is April 5 in this case. This will include all updates that have the Critical or Definition classification. Updates with the Security classification will continue to release on second Tuesday as usual.

This essentially means that every Tuesday will bring something to you. Expect to see bug fixes in the first week of every month. The second Tuesday will bring you security updates under the Patch Tuesday routine. While the last two weeks have recently started to bring out Surface firmware updates or new preview releases.

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If you are getting confused in all this Tuesday-talk, expect to see regular Office updates for non-security issues on April 5. Following this, April 12 will be the Patch Tuesday, bringing you all the security-related fixes for Office, along with the regular security updates for other products.

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