Microsoft is to alter the way it tells users about security patches from next month.
The changes mean the software giant will no longer publish the bulletins as it has done for the past 12 years – Patch Tuesday, released on 10 January, was the last in the original format – and going forward monthly updates will be accessible via a new security bulletins portal.
“Information about the security updates we release are currently made available on the Microsoft Security Bulletin website,” said Microsoft. “However, our customers have asked for better access to update information, as well as easier ways to customise their view to serve a diverse set of needs.”
The new security portal is driven by an online database, and instead of having to browse through an index of documents, users can sort, search, and filter the database to find details about a specific security bulletin and its associated updates.
A monthly summary will be available within the portal and Microsoft added that customers will be notified of any out-of-cycle updates. Customers will also be able to sign up for automatic notifications.
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