Despite announcing that Patch Tuesday would cease to be back in May, on Tuesday Microsoft proved that some old traditions are hard to kill, releasing as it did 4 critical bug fixes in one go that could affect Windows 10.
While there were a slew of fixes across all of Microsoft’s OS’s, (There generally always is, it’s nothing new.) some were targeted directly at their shiny new 2 week old Windows 10. Directly in the firing line was Edge, Microsoft’s much vaunted new web browser.
Among other vulnerabilities that could impact Windows 10, was a patch Tuesday fix for 32 bit Internet Explorer, parts of Microsoft’s graphic components relating to OpenType fonts, and one for MS Office.
Although it is still early days for Windows 10, its release has so far considered to be very successful from a security point of view. The most often cited problem with the new OS has been related to an endless reboot issue for some users when attempting to install updates. That issue has been addressed, and should no longer be a concern for anyone.
Has anything else changed?
The biggest change for Patch Tuesday seems to be that security ‘bulletins’ are no longer listed individually. In the old days of last month, updates were released individually. As such, if one particular update was an issue, users could opt not to install it. This is no longer available under Windows 10.
This makes sense for Microsoft who claim that Windows 10 will be the ‘last’ version of Windows, as they slowly move toward standardizing their OS’s into one platform: Essentially, all further Windows releases will just be called ‘Windows.’
The question is though whether Patch Tuesday is here to stay, or is it only back for this month? And does this mean that Microsoft have rowed backward from their earlier promises to patch and update as necessary, or will the tech world continue to wait for Patch Tuesday every month for updates?