The Update Tuesday December 2014 release cycle will be here in a couple of days, say Tuesday, December 9, and Microsoft has announced critical updates for Windows and Internet Explorer.

No action for Windows 10, though, this time around, in case you were wondering.

A total of seven security updates are expected, covering an array of Microsoft software. Three of these come with the rating Critical, and at least one of them will require a computer reboot — important for system administrators to save their system states and restart their machines.

As always, only a few details are available, but the Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and Exchange platforms are in line for some fresh ups.

You can take a look at the Advance Notification for this month here.

The big highlight is that a Critical patch for Word is primed for arrival. This bulletin tries to solve issues on both Windows and Mac OS X, with all the latest version of Office affected by the flaw.

And as noted above, the found vulnerabilities only affect versions of the operating system, Windows 8.1 and below so the Windows 10 Technical Preview will not receive any security updates during this next Update Tuesday cycle.

The patches start flying out from servers around 10 am Pacific Daylight Time.

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