Microsoft Gives 7 Its First Patches

Today, Microsoft announced that it will release its largest-ever number of security updates this Tuesday in order to fix flaws in all versions of Windows. With the addition of updates for Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Office, other important developer tools and the enterprise-grade Forefront Security client software, it's going to be a busy Tuesday.

The company will be shipping a total of 13 updates, with eight of them ranked as "critical," which is the highest threat ranking in its four-step scoring system. This beats the previous record of 12 updates, which were shipped in February 2007 and October 2008.

The first patches for the final/release to manufacturing code of Windows 7 will be among this batch. Five of the 13 updates were reported by Microsoft as affecting the new operating system. Windows 7 won't reach stores or be available on new PCs until later this month, but some customers, primarily enterprises with volume licensing agreements, have been allowed to obtain the OS for two months now.

Microsoft will be releasing these 13 updates at approximately 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 13. Courtesy of

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