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Microsoft to issue 16 security updates

Microsoft is set to issue 16 security updates this week to patch 34 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, SQL Server and other products, Computer World has reported. Of the 16 updates, nine will be rated "critical," the highest threat label in Microsoft's four-step scoring system, while the remaining seven will be marked "important," the second-most-dire ranking. All versions of IE will receive one of the updates, including IE9, the newest edition, while the second IE bulletin will affect only IE8 and older versions.