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Jan 18 2015   7:06PM GMT

No more advance notice on Patch Tuesday fixes from Microsoft

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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I'm fed up with Microsoft!

I’m fed up with Microsoft!

Yes, you read that right: Microsoft is canceling its Advance Notification Service (ANS) for regular customers (i.e., you and me). If you want you it, you’ll have to pay for it. The announcement was made in a blog post on January 8, 2015.

We are making changes to how we distribute ANS to customers. Moving forward, we will provide ANS information directly to Premier customers and current organizations involved in our security programs, and will no longer make this information broadly available through a blog post and web page.

So, those of us who rely on knowing what’s coming to plan our response to the frequent bugs that updates seem to cause, will now be forced into waiting.

ANS has always been optimized for large organizations. However, customer feedback indicates that many of our large customers no longer use ANS in the same way they did in the past due to optimized testing and deployment methodologies. While some customers still rely on ANS, the vast majority wait for Update Tuesday, or take no action, allowing updates to occur automatically.

I guess us small fry don’t matter (not that we ever really did).

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