TNW Quick Hit:

Today Microsoft detailed the upcoming Patch Tuesday for May 2011. Only two bulletins are set to be released.

Of the two patches, one is labeled “critical” for Windows, while the other is “critical” for Office. In the two bulletins, only three vulnerabilities are to be addressed. The date of the patch release is the second Tuesday of the month in accordance with tradition, May 10th.

Both bulletins may require users to reboot their computers after installation:

2011 05 05 1318 520x110 Mays Patch Tuesday will contain critical Windows update

While this month’s Patch Tuesday is set to be relatively demure, the April set of patches were massive:

Microsoft is set to patch a stunning 64 vulnerabilities in the upcoming April Patch Tuesday. All told, some 17 bulletins are expected to be released.

Of the bulletins, 9 are ranked as critical, while the remaining 8 are rated as important. They will affect Internet Explorer, Office, Windows, .NET, and Visual Studio.

For a more technical run through of the news, Microsoft’s official announcement can be found here.