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Microsoft to issue eight bulletins on Patch Tuesday

The eight patches expected April 8 will include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, and the Internet Explorer browser.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced it will release eight security bulletins next week. The news is intended as a heads-up for IT departments in advance of Patch Tuesday.

Of the eight patches, five are considered "critical," and three are considered "important" by the software giant.

Among the critical patches, one will affect Microsoft Office, two will affect Windows, and two will affect the Internet Explorer browser. Of the important patches, Microsoft says one will affect Microsoft Office and two will affect Windows. The potential vulnerabilities include spoofing and remote code execution.