February Patch Tuesday Fixes 31 Flaws, Brings Tons Of New Features

After a somewhat jaded Patch Tuesday update cycle last month, Microsoft is back with a bang! The company has just launched this month’s fixes with both security and non-security improvements.

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 both received new feature updates, as these are the only two Redmond operating systems that are eligible for mainstream support — Windows XP and Vista are not. This means that you can expect increased performance and reliability if you are running these two newer platforms.

ZDNet has a rundown of what is included in these feature updates.

If you are looking for security patches you are in luck too. The company has also released fixes that address a total of 31 vulnerabilities in its software including Windows and Internet Explorer. Full details are available on this page here.

These include fixes for Microsoft Windows Direct2D and VBScript Scripting Engine.

Internet Explorer, meanwhile, gets a very details look this month, as this blog post confirms. The patch addresses a total of 23 privately reported vulnerabilities along with 1 that was recently made public. For this reason, the company has labeled this update for IE as Critical.

The browser actually gets bumped to version 11.0.3 on Windows 8.1.

As is usually the case, all updates are being delivered to users via the integrated Windows Update option, so make sure you have the feature turned on if you are yet to do so.

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