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Microsoft's latest countdown: Update Windows 8.1 before Tuesday

Gregg Keizer | June 6, 2014
Microsoft plans to deliver seven security updates to customers next week, including an almost-habitual one for Internet Explorer, and others for Windows, Office and Lync.

However, Microsoft will update a cousin of XP -- Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, designed for point-of-sale systems and automated teller machines (ATMs) -- and again prompt some to hack their copies of Windows XP SP3 to trick Windows Update into delivering the fixes.

Microsoft will issue the month's security updates on Tuesday, June 10.

Before that, most customers with Windows 8.1-powered PCs or tablets must have applied April's Windows 8.1 Update. Anyone who does not will be unable to obtain patches through Windows Update.

Microsoft originally gave everyone just five weeks to put Windows 8.1 Update in place or face a sans-patch future, but quickly backed off under pressure from corporate customers, giving them a three-month extension.

Next, just 24 hours before May's security slate was to ship, Microsoft ceded even more ground by extending the deadline for consumers to June 10.

Ironically, laggards still running 2012's original Windows 8 will continue to receive all appropriate patches; they have until January 2016 to migrate to Windows 8.1.

Customers have been both confused and frustrated by the Windows 8.1-to-Windows 8.1 Update requirements. Microsoft has done nothing to clear the air, and has continued to assert that the requirement was security related, an explanation many saw as arbitrary because Windows 8 users have been given a pass.

Microsoft will ship the seven security updates on June 10 at approximately 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT).


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