Microsoft's next regularly scheduled security patch day is August 11th. Why wait? How about doing it, oh say, today around 10 a.m. PST. Especially when the Black Hat security conference starts tomorrow in Las Vegas and who knows what security holes they'll be wagging their fingers at while they have the presses attention.

(Was that my outside voice?)

Microsoft doesn't do this often and this time they are not saying why; only that they're rushing out patches for Internet Explorer and Visual Studio.

Bottomline: IT staff would be wise to download the patches, so heads up.