Microsoft to issue seven patches on Tuesday

Software giant rates four of the seven as "critical"; affected software includes Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.

As part of this month's Patch Tuesday, coming next week, Microsoft plans to release seven patches, four rated "critical" and three "important." Affected software includes Windows (Windows 2000, XP, and Vista), Office (Word and SharePoint Server), Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Windows Mail. One patch affects Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac.

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