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Microsoft abruptly dumps public Patch Tuesday alerts

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 9, 2015
For the first time in a decade, Microsoft today did not give all customers advance warning of next week's upcoming Patch Tuesday slate. Instead, the company suddenly announced it is dropping the public service and limiting the alerts and information to customers who pay for premium support.

Microsoft left the door ajar in one aspect: While ANS won't issue warnings of out-of-band patches, the company said it could use other unspecified ways to communicate with customers.

"The changes announced today apply to all Advance Notification Service (ANS) communications," a Microsoft spokesman said in an email response to questions about ANS's former role in distributing emergency alerts. "If we determine broad communication is needed for a specific situation, we'll take the appropriate actions to reach customers."


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