Upcoming change to the release schedule for non-security updates

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. 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.

This change applies only to the MSI version of Office. Office Click-To-Run (C2R) will release on second Tuesday.

Comments (18)
  1. Susan says:

    How will this impact C2R releases? Will they still come out on second Tuesday to incorporate the security releases?

    1. Office Click-To-Run (C2R) will continue to release on second Tuesday.

  2. Is this new release schedule for both Office 2016 MSI and Office 2013 MSI ?
    Or Specially Office 2016 MSI ?

    1. This change will apply to both Office 2016 and 2013 MSI.

  3. Susan says:

    You are still planning to post to the blog on the First Tuesday listing what will be released, yes?

  4. Mike says:

    When will the new updates be available on the download center?

    1. The updates were published to the Download Center on April 12.

  5. IllusiveV says:

    Does this apply to the Lync 2013 client as well, since it’s considered part of Office 2013?

    1. Yes, it applies to the Lync (Skype for Business) 2013 and 2016 apps that are included with Office.

  6. Yashaswi KC says:

    Is this change is only for the Office patches ?

    If so what is the reason behind it ?

    1. Yes, this change is only for Office (and related products, like Visio and Project).

  7. Josef says:

    Do you plan to publish the updates at the download Center every month on the patch tuesday?

    1. Beginning in May, we will publish the non-security updates on both Microsoft Update and the Download Center on 1st Tuesday.

  8. Long says:

    MSRC Team posted a blog saying that Starting May 10, some security updates will not be available on Microsoft Download Center. Does this include Office security patches?

    1. Office security updates will be available in the Download Center (in addition to Microsoft Update) on May 10 as usual.

  9. David says:

    The prerequisites for each says SP1, so are the MSI versions cumulative or would a manual update of Office 2013 need all the monthly updates since SP1 or just the current month’s? Is there any possibility of getting a rollup or does MS not make them available any more?

    1. The most recent release of an update for an Office MSI app, such as Outlook 2013, contains all of the fixes that were in SP1 plus all of the fixes that have been added since SP1. So you only need to install the most recent month’s release to be up to date.

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