Microsoft celebrates two decades of delivering scheduled Windows updates on Patch Tuesday

  • 10 November 2023
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November 10, 2023 By Sofia Elizabella Wyciślik-Wilson


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Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of each month when Microsoft releases updates for Windows, has been with us for a long time now. In fact, Microsoft has been using the predictable schedule for releasing patches for no less than 20 years.

The emergence of Patch Tuesday -- a day anticipated for its bug-fixing and dreaded for its bug-introductions -- dates back to the days of Bill Gates and Windows Vista. In celebrating the incredible landmark of two decades of update releases on a reliable timetable, Microsoft has shared some of the history behind it and reiterated the importance of updating the operating system in this way.


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TLDR and heads down in a project, but…

Does this imply that every second Tuesday of every month for the last 20 years they have released at least one patch?

If so, it’s impressive to keep to such a schedule, but also sad that they needed a patch every month for two years.  I’m not sure what this really says. 😦

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Could look at it either way. 

they either are always playing catchup with poorly written code, or trying to keep on top of ever changing technology and cyber hacks