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May 2012 Patch Tuesday includes 7 bulletins, 2 critical

IT pros can now get a glimpse of the future, as Microsoft teased its monthly patches in its Security Bulletin Advance Notification on Thursday.

There are three critical fixes planned for this month’s Patch Tuesday, which address vulnerabilities in Windows Server, the .NET framework, Silverlight and Microsoft Office.  Four bulletins — deemed important – deal with Microsoft Office and all versions of Windows.

Wolfgang Kandek, CTO at Qualys, notes that this year has been more consistent than past years, with an average of six to nine bulletins compared with the “more bursty release mode” of previous years. Including this month, Microsoft has released one fewer patch this year — 35, compared with 36 in 2011.

As an IT admin, do you like the consistent numbers of bulletins so far this year? Or, are you superstitious and wish no one would point it out? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @WindowsTT.

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