Patch Tuesday is the main day that Microsoft uses to release fixes for its products, ranging from Windows to Office, and many more. But, when the fixes are all optional, it creates questions for many who follow Microsoft. On Tuesday, Microsoft issued over 30 fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
The large number of optional updates makes the whole timing of the patches the most interesting thing. Microsoft will traditionally release mandatory type patches and then include optional ones for users, but an entire release of just optional ones are possibles clues to what is coming.
Channels, USB devices, Bluetooth Updates
In a few different blog posts, many Microsoft security analysts went through all the optional updates, and they all vary in their severity. One that offers a secure channel improvement for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2 is one. An update as well is available for multiple devices connecting via USB.
Other updates include Bluetooth drivers, Korean text translation updates to Bluetooth devices, Project Siena bug fixes, narrator updates when the control key is pressed, updates to Photos and Android pairing, Blu-Ray player updates, and others. They range in how important they are, but will be noticed by many when they update Windows.
Part of Patch Tuesday Wonders
Many who follow Microsoft know that Patch Tuesday is the day that Microsoft fixes things, but optional updates for it are rare. Traditionally, Microsoft does it twice, but the second updates are for non-security ones. The sheer number of optional updates for such a wide variety of fixes make many scratch their heads in amazement.
It looks like Microsoft is going through a list of bug fixes that they wanted to push out, and pushed them out in a massive way. These updates are generally small to download and can be installed very quickly. Some of these bugs have been around for sometime, and now they are finally fixed.
These optional updates are available to download starting now. Even if optional, they are worth downloading from Microsoft today.