It’s tinkering time again.

Microsoft just announced that both Windows 8 and Internet Explorer will be getting critical updates next week. And yes, these are part of its monthly Patch Tuesday cycle, which the company uses to provide fixes and updates to its core mainstream software.

Only this time, Microsoft has not let out what flaws are to be patched next week, though it did mention that three updates are for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.

Two of these are marked as ‘critical’, while one carries the flag of ‘important’.

An Internet Explorer 10 bug is also set to be squashed in the critical patch.

The Microsoft Security Bulletin page was just updated with news of the looming updates, saying that the updates will go live on December 11, 2012.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, Windows RT users are not to be left behind — they will be getting two different updates, both marked ‘critical’.

Here’s hoping they fix many of the software glitches for Windows RT that have been reported in the past two weeks and driving Surface RT users to the brink of madness.

Okay, I may have made the last part up.

Finally, and quite unusually, a critical flaw for Microsoft Office is also set to get a fix, which is a tad peculiar, as Office does not often get critical updates like these. Signs are pointing out a bug squash most likely aimed for Microsoft Outlook.

We will keep an eye out for details on these updates and what they fix, the moment they show up.

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  • Jack Sparrow

    Wonder why Microsoft is not letting the cat out on what it’s about to fix. Probably to prevent unneeded attention from cybercriminals looking to exploit its new platforms.

  • Martin Gumucio

    Sweet! Are we going to get these updates every month now?

    • Fahad Ali

      Yup, monthly release cycle for ‘Patch Tuesday’. Much better than waiting a whole year for service packs. And with a fixed schedule, one can get a bit of an idea of what to expect and when.