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Patch Tuesday Sunset Will Be a Mixed Bag for Windows Security

Microsoft will phase out Patch Tuesday — its monthly potpourri of software product fixes — when it rolls out Windows 10, which could be a mixed bag for the operating system’s security.

Patches will be applied automatically as they’re ready. That means users no longer will have to wait until the second Tuesday in the month to secure their systems from potentially troublesome vulnerabilities. However, there are a number of caveats to that scenario.

First, the scheme applies only to Windows 10. Other versions of Windows, as well as most of the company’s other software products, will be updated in the traditional way — at least for awhile.

Second, enterprises will have the option to determine when patches are applied. Microsoft is making that easier to do with its Windows Update for Business, which allows system administrators to choose machines to be updated, and to set maintenance windows to determine when updates should take place

 

Because fixes may not be applied to enterprise equipment as fast as they’re applied to consumer and small business machines, a gap could occur, which hackers might exploit.

 

 

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