Posts Tagged ‘update’

What is Patch Tuesday?

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 1 Comment

Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases security patches for many of its products. Until recently, Patch Tuesday had been followed by an “Exploit Wednesday”, as hackers reverse-engineered many of these security patches, and attacked not-yet-patched computers.

Patch Bugs

But from August 2013, thanks to the revised Active Protection Program, some security firms receive information about vulnerabilities being patched several days before the update is released. They can use these few days to come up with their own signature for these vulnerabilities and patch their software in the same time as Microsoft’s updates come out.

You don’t have to work for a security firm to get a preview of the upcoming patches. You can sign up for an advance notification using your Microsoft credentials (e.g. your Skype or Hotmail login) on the technet.microsoft.com website, and receive a preview in each month straight into your inbox.

By Gergely Sumegi

Microsoft patches Office 2010 for one last time

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Good news everyone: Microsoft has just released the latest and probably the last service pack for the three-year-old Office 2010 suite. Service Pack 2 is available to download from Microsoft’s Knowledge Base or through Windows Update. The patch is intended to improve the compatibility of the Office and SharePoint 2010 products with other Office and SharePoint versions, Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. The service pack contains some previously unreleased minor fixes, such as improvements in stability, performance, and security.

The service pack contains improvements for some annoying problems in Excel 2010, such as an issue in which file sizes become larger when additional built-in styles are copied between different Excel instances. In Word, the patch fixes issues regarding bookmarks, templates, tables, autocorrect options just to name a few. Some errors in Outlook will get fixed too, such as the one occurring when you perform a spell check before sending an email. An important update in PowerPoint fixes an issue in which Mozilla Firefox crashes on a Mac computer when viewing a presentation in PowerPoint Web App.

The beta version of SP2 was available for public testing in April this year, and there were no reports of major problems with the patch. While there is no urgent security-related need to download this latest update pack, Microsoft will possibly turn Service Pack 2 into an automated update in three months’ time.

By Gergely Sumegi