Microsoft has recently announced that, starting April, non-security updates for the Office productivity suite will be released on the first Tuesday of each month, thus separating them from the standard rollout that includes security fixes.

Until now, Office has received updates on the second Tuesday of each month as part of the cycle that is generally referred to as Patch Tuesday. This has included both security and non-security fixes not only for Office but also for Windows and other Microsoft products.

All Office versions included

The company hasn’t provided a reason for this change, but it says that administrators should have this in mind when planning updates for their PCs because, from now on, non-security updates will no longer be provided at the same time as security patches. The first rollout for the non-security batch will take place on April 5.

“We want to let you know about an important change coming to the release schedule for Office updates so that you can plan accordingly. Until now, both security and non-security updates have been released on the second Tuesday of each month,” Microsoft has announced in a statement.

“Starting in April, the non-security updates will be released in Microsoft Update and the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) on the first Tuesday of the month, which is April 5 in this case. This will include all updates that have the Critical or Definition classification. Updates with the Security classification will continue to release on second Tuesday as usual.”

All Office versions will be included in this updated schedule, Microsoft says. Without a doubt, since there’s just one week between the security and the standard releases, some IT admins might prefer to wait and install all updates at once, but this is obviously not recommended. These updates bring bug fixes and feature improvements that are usually very important for Office customers, so delaying deployment isn’t always the best option.

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