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Microsoft backtracks on canceling Patch Tuesday emails

Microsoft backtracks on canceling Patch Tuesday emails
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OK so maybe the short work week has Microsoft all confused.

Microsoft announced earlier this week that it would stop sending emails reminding its customers about Patch Tuesday. That's the day, the first Tuesday of the month, when Microsoft sends out fixes, or "patches," for its software.

Why? Microsoft was blaming Canada.

It said that a new Canadian anti-spam law that took effect July 1, would prevent them from sending out the notices.

Microsoft said this:

Notice to IT professionals:

As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the following:

* Security bulletin advance notifications

* Security bulletin summaries

* New security advisories and bulletins

* Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

Microsoft said that it was concerned with the penalties for sending out email that could be considered spam - fines of up to $10 million.

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