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Seven More Microsoft Patches On Tap

Four will cover Windows, and three will affect Office. At least two of the seven will be tagged as "critical," the highest warning rank used by Microsoft.

Microsoft will follow last month's record patch day with another major roll-out next Tuesday, July 11, the Redmond, Wash. developer said Thursday.

In the advance notification posted on its Web site, Microsoft said it would release 7 security updates: 4 will cover Windows and 3 will affect Office, the company's industry-leading application suite. At least 2 of the 7 will be tagged as "critical," the highest warning rank used by Microsoft.

Microsoft doesn't disclose the exact components, services, or applications to be patched prior to update delivery, but both Excel and Internet Explorer have been in the news of late, with multiple security vulnerabilities reported in both the spreadsheet and browser.

It's also possible that Microsoft will release one or more final fixes for Windows 98 and/or Windows Millennium, the two aged operating systems that will drop from support after Tuesday.

July's updates will be available for manual download from the Microsoft Web site around 10 a.m. PDT, and will be pushed to users via the company's automated update services and programs, which include Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and Software Update Services (SUS).

Last month, Microsoft unveiled a record-tying 12 patches that fixed 21 flaws.

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