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Patch Tuesday Gets New Look, New Tools

Here’s  a nice graphic from the Microsoft Security Response Center’s latest blog post, entitled “July 2014 Security Bulletin Release;” it summarizes the items pushed out via Windows Update yesterday, July 8, and presents a new look and feel for security bulletin stuff.


Sharp colors and simple labeling let you absorb the latest security bulletin deployment priorities at a glance (full-size original).

And now that MS has stopped e-mailing advance notifications and update information to users, in response to a Canadian governmental anti-spam initiative, they’ve set up something called the MyBulletins “security bulletins customization free online service,” which enables registered users to create custom dashboards so they can track security bulletins related to products and platforms deployed on their systems and networks. Here’s a snipped of what my dashboard looks like, after I registered interest in Windows 8.1 and 7, various .NET Framework releases, Windows Server 2012 and R2, and so forth.


MS now offers a way to customize a security bulletin dashboard to track only products and platforms of interest to IT professionals.

On the face of things, I’d say that MS has come up with a reasonable and perhaps even more usable alternative to its now-obsolete and unavailable e-mail notifications for security bulletins. Check it out, and see for yourself!

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