Current March 2020 Patch Tuesday Security Notifications Fix Vulnerabilities
It pays to stay updated, protected, and compatible with the latest free Microsoft Office updates and downloads from Microsoft’s Download Center and TechNet community.
This list of updated Patch Tuesday links makes it fast and simple! Patch Tuesday is typically the second Tuesday of every month.
Below, you will find a summary and action link for this month’s fixes, helping you keep Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Outlook, Project, Office Online, and more), as well as Lync, Server, and other tools updated.
You will also find updates for Windows and other Microsoft products and services.
Running List of 2020 Microsoft Office Security Bulletins and Patch Tuesday Summaries
Please know that when you install the most recent patches on this list, you should automatically get all previous ones. I’ve left earlier patches from this year on this running list for your reference.
- Patch Tuesday March 10, 2020 – The MS15-022 fix for this month addresses vulnerabilities that could otherwise result in remote execution, or unauthorized control of your computer, via Office programs. Several other updates are available as well. For more detail and downloads, visit the TechNet Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2015.
- Patch Tuesday February 10, 2020 – This month, two fixes in particular affect Microsoft Office. The first is MS15-012 which repairs a possible vulnerability from compromised Office documents while the second, MS15-013, addresses a security feature bypass in Office 2007 or later. For more detail and downloads, visit the TechNet Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for Feb 2020.
- Patch Tuesday January 13, 2020 – This month’s fixes includes patched vulnerabilities to , as well as to various versions of Server and Windows 7, 8, RT. Microsoft Office programs were not targeted in this month’s patch efforts. Find more details and downloads by visiting the TechNet Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for Jan 2020. You may also be interested in this timely blog post by Microsoft’s Chris Betz about the controversy of Google releasing information about these vulnerabilities early. See the next section about myBulletins for more information on how Patch Tuesday is evolving.
The Next Patch Tuesday is scheduled for April 14, 2020 – This month’s fixes will be summarized and linked to here as soon as they come available.
Checking in on these updates and applying fixes helps reduce security risks and prevent data loss, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back. Or…
Meet Microsoft’s myBulletins System (New as of 2020)
You can now log in to the My Security Bulletins Dashboard to customize which products you would like notifications about. If you do not want to sign up, I will list those sent to me, which relate to Microsoft Office programs and general Windows products here below.
If you are interested in a step-by-step for setting these bulletins, check out my tutorial: How Microsoft’s myBulletins Are One Better Than Patch Tuesday.
Why These Updates Are Nicknamed Patch Tuesday or Update Tuesday
Patch Tuesday or Update Tuesday describes Microsoft’s way of announcing security, stability, and compatibility updates over the past decade, before the myBulletins system. Occurring on the second Tuesday of each month, this bulletin allows Microsoft to regularly announce these for anyone manually updating their Microsoft Office, Windows, or other installations.
This is just one way of keeping your office software and system safe and operable.
For other options, refer to these 3 Options to Keep Your Version of Microsoft Office Current.
Download the Current Microsoft Office Service Pack
Patches Versus Service Packs
Patches are smaller units than service packs, or in other words, service packs are comprised of several patches. Patch Tuesday allows you to apply fixes more regularly, without waiting for the service pack bundle. The idea is to ensure manual update customers can opt for even more security and peace of mind.
If you are more interested in finding the latest service pack, refer to the following list, which specifies the most current service pack (SP) depending on your version of Microsoft Office: Download the Current Service Pack for Office 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, or Web Apps.