No March security patches issued from Microsoft staff

Windows administrators who have had their hands full preparing for the March 11 change in daylight-saving time got a break on Patch Tuesday this month.

Microsoft said last week in its advance notification bulletin that it will not issue any new security patches in March.

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This is probably a relief to many IT managers who wrestled with the DST patches that needed be working smoothly by March 11.

DST started three weeks earlier than usual because its timeframe was changed by federal lawmakers in an attempt to save energy.

Instead of patches, Microsoft said it will release six non-security, high-priority updates for Windows Updates. Two of the six updates will be for Windows Update and Software Update Services, or SUS. The other four updates will be for Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services, or WSUS.

Because there will be no security patches released on Patch Tuesday, no webcast by the company will be necessary.

On Tuesday, Microsoft will also release an updated version of its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, WSUS and the Download Center.

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