According to an updated blog post on simplifying updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft has decided to remove Internet Explorer updates from the monthly Security Updates and update its Patch Tuesday policies. This comes just a couple months after altering its policy on updating the pre-Windows 10 operating systems. The move essentially takes a small step back to accommodate customers complaints.
Starting with February 2017, the Security Only update will not include updates for Internet Explorer, and the Internet Explorer update will again be available as a separate update for the operating systems listed above. (Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2; IE10 for Windows Server 2012)
The blog post goes on to suggest that the reason is to reduce the package size of the Security Only update. It also explains that…
The Monthly Rollup will continue to include updates for Internet Explorer, as a single additive update that provides all security and reliability fixes since the beginning of the new servicing model in October 2016. Users of the Monthly Rollup will not need to install the separate Internet Explorer update.
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