Home > Microsoft > Microsoft Defends Patch Previews Microsoft Defends Patch Previews Eugenia Loli 2005-03-14 Microsoft 4 Comments The U.S. government will not get a head start on other Windows users when it comes to Microsoft security updates, the company said Friday in response to news report that suggested otherwise. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 4 Comments 2005-03-14 10:14 pm So firstly there was some ‘news’ in the headlines that the US gov would get a head start, then now we get more ‘news’ saying they won’t get a head start. So is this ‘anti-news’ then? Anyhow, I think it is only fair that many get access to the patches at the same time, becuase it is not that the US government would be getting them EARLY, – the patches are released when complete, – it is that the rest of the world would be getting them LATE! Subtle difference! (Actaully quite obvious) 2005-03-14 10:28 pm Yeah, I didn’t understand the concept of this at all… it’s just like, what’s the point? 2005-03-14 10:29 pm To clarify, Microsoft gives early access to patches to many partners and select customers for testing purposes. This is done to manage feedback and ensure that they do not cause more problems. First, people complain about turning on Automatic Downloads b/c they don’t trust patches and now they want first crack at untested ones?!!! 2005-03-15 7:15 am Good to see Microsoft being fair to all of their paying customers .