Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jul 2006 13:28 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft plans to issue patches for 'critical' Windows and Office security problems as part of a regular update scheduled for Tuesday. The software company said in an advisory Thursday that it will issue four bulletins for Windows flaws and three for Office. At least one Windows and one Office problem are deemed 'critical', Microsoft's highest-risk category for security vulnerabilities, according to the advisory.
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RE[2]: patches
by SlackerJack on Fri 7th Jul 2006 17:48 UTC in reply to "RE: patches"
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

The difference is it gets more fuctionallity and newer versions, thats including bug fixes. When people pay 200 for Office you dotn expect big service packs just for office software on top of OS patches, on top of OS service packs.

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RE[3]: patches
by orestes on Fri 7th Jul 2006 18:39 in reply to "RE[2]: patches"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Why wouldn't they?
Personally I'd expect people who pay for software to be demanding prompt resolution of issues, not sitting around whining about it.

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RE[4]: patches
by ma_d on Fri 7th Jul 2006 18:45 in reply to "RE[3]: patches"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

Several channels of distribution never leads to prompt resolution, especially when one of them is service packs.
People expect one update mechanism for the product, and service packs to only add value and not security fixes. Unfortunately, our here in the real world, they're gonna get both and I don't think that's an unreasonable thing.

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RE[3]: patches
by Bending Unit on Fri 7th Jul 2006 18:47 in reply to "RE[2]: patches"
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

No it's not the difference. Ubuntu (my distro) and probably other Linux distros have to be patched regularly and often for security bugs, yet it's the best thing since self sealing stem bolts. Or is it a "you get what you pay for" issue?

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RE[3]: patches
by suryad on Fri 7th Jul 2006 19:53 in reply to "RE[2]: patches"
suryad Member since:
2005-07-09

I see what you are saying. It is indeed annoying to need to have such massive Service Packs for even Office! What are we on...SP2 for Office?! And even so there are patches coming out every month now for an Office distro. How about Microsoft fixes problems right at the beginning before launching a product? It seems that the tried and tested rule of using Microsoft products is to wait till at least SP1 is out for the product to be stable and mature. I enjoy using Microsoft products for the most part because they are very easy and intuitive to use...now if only Microsoft fixed things up on the security side of things it would be a lot more pleasant computing experience.

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