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Microsoft will not include bug fixes for Internet Explorer (IE) in the new cumulative updates slated to upend Windows patching next month.

According to answers given to questions posed by customers, IE patches will not be bundled with the über updates that debut Oct. 11. Instead, they will be delivered separately as individual updates, as they have been for decades.

“We are working to get IE included in the monthly rollup and security-only update but do not have a confirmed schedule yet,” said Nathan Mercer, a Microsoft senior product marketing manager, in one of several replies to queries about the changing patch practices. “But we plan to eventually include patches for which ever version of IE you currently have installed in the monthly rollup, similar to the .NET rollup.”

The terms monthly rollup and security-only update will be important for Windows users to recognize and understand come next month. That’s when an August-announced end to individual bug fixes and patches will take effect.

Each “monthly rollup” will include all updates, those related to security and those not, that Microsoft intends to release that month. The “security-only update” — released the same day — will include just the month’s patches for vulnerabilities in the operating system.

Customers who receive patches and bug fixes via Windows Update — the consumer-grade maintenance service — will automatically get the monthly rollup. They will not have a choice. Businesses deploying updates using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) may pick between the monthly rollup and the security-only update.

Copyright © 2016 IDG Communications, Inc.



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