As the new year begins Microsoft continues to take steps to be proactive and address security issues with its software as the First Patch Tuesday of 2013 arrives on 08 January 2013.

This crop of updates come in seven bulletins, two labeled Critical and five as Important, and address 12 vulnerabilities. According to the advance notice the recent IE vulnerability is not part of this update cycle but there is a solution available for it already.

This collection of updates impact Microsoft software including Windows, Office, developer tools and server software. They should be available around 10 AM PST on 08 January 2013.

If you want to learn more about these updates Microsoft will host a webcast on January 9, 2013, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). You can register here for that or watch it on-demand afterwards.