Microsoft Delivers on Security Promises

Redmond unfurls first of its monthly security notifications, as well as its expected XP Update Rollup 1.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a lot of security promises at the companys partner conference last week. On Wednesday, Microsoft began making good on some of his commitments.

On Wednesday – it usual security patch day -- Microsoft rolled out the first of what it has said will be monthly security update announcements. Going forward, the company plans to make all of its non-critical security announcements on a single day (the second calendar Tuesday of every month).

Microsoft also delivered for XP customers a smaller and more convenient collection of security fixes, in the form of a single XP Security Rollup package. Microsoft is making the rollup available for download and also via its Windows Update Web site.

The rollup product has been in beta test during the past month. According to the beta invitation, "Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Windows XP … consists of 22 previously released critical and security updates for Windows XP rolled into one convenient package. Installing this item provides you the same results as installing the individual updates."

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