Google starts work on Chrome bug that slurps Windows laptop juice Google engineers have begun working on a fix for a months-old Chrome bug that drains Windows' laptop batteries, a move triggered by a story on Forbes' website. Patch alert: Update browsers' Flash ASAP to block log-on theft While Google's Chrome and Microsoft's IE10 and IE11 browsers will automatically update to the latest version of Adobe Flash, anyone using Safari, Firefox, Opera or older versions of IE must do so manually. Microsoft slates critical IE, Windows patches for Tuesday Microsoft plans to ship six security updates to customers next week, patching all versions of Internet Explorer and nearly all supported editions of Windows. Update: Skype to retire recent editions for Windows, Mac; upgrades mandatory Skype plans to retire older versions of its desktop Internet calling application, including versions on Windows and OS X launched as recently as January and February of this year. Microsoft strips some Windows 7 users of IE11 patch privileges Microsoft has quietly stopped serving security updates to Internet Explorer 11 on consumer and small business Windows 7 PCs unless the customer has successfully applied a browser update from April. Microsoft withholds monster IE update from Windows 8.1 dawdlers Microsoft refused to give Windows 8.1 customers another reprieve, requiring most to upgrade their devices to April's Windows 8.1 Update before the firm's Windows Update would serve up today's mammoth patch slate. Chrome on Windows champs at the 64-bit Google today promoted the 64-bit Windows version of Chrome to a pair of preview channels, and promised that the browser is more stable and faster than its 32-bit sibling. Windows 7 powers more than half of all PCs As Windows XP continued its decline, users who deserted the obsolete operating system shifted to Windows 7, not the newer Windows 8, more circumstantial evidence that commercial customers, not consumers, now drive PC sales. Microsoft prays for service revenue with free Windows 8.1 with Bing for tablets Microsoft today confirmed that it will give a new version of its OS, "Windows 8.1 with Bing," to tablet makers for free as it tries to boost the market and sales shares of its flagship OS. Bug bounty program outs 7-month-old IE zero-day An HP bug bounty program has published information about a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 because Microsoft did not meet its patch-or-we-go-public deadline. No harm, no foul: Windows 8 hasn't harmed Microsoft's software satisfaction score Customer satisfaction with Microsoft's software -- primarily Windows, but also Office -- climbed slightly in the last year, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. China retaliates, nixes Windows 8 on government PCs China has banned the use of Windows 8 on government computers, a move officials there claimed was a reaction to the end of Windows XP's support. Windows XP's U.S. farewell tour to last most of '14 Last-minute moves by businesses to scrap Windows XP may have offset the continued free fall in consumer spending, but that gift from XP won't help the PC industry for long. Microsoft sticks to vow, leaves XP exposed to ongoing attacks Hackers are already exploiting an Internet Explorer vulnerability left unpatched in Windows XP on Tuesday, Microsoft and security experts said. 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XP's retirement triggers another wave of deserters Windows XP users continued to put the old OS out to pasture last month, but the now-unsupported operating system still powered more than a quarter of all PCs on the planet. Hackers find first post-retirement Windows XP-related vulnerability Microsoft on Saturday told customers that cyber-criminals are exploiting an unpatched and critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) using "drive-by" attacks. Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions Microsoft's new updating "normal" for Windows -- a faster-paced tempo that demands customers apply releases within weeks -- is a first step in moving the OS to a services-style model. But companies may be leery of the change. Update: IRS misses XP deadline, will spend $30M to upgrade remaining PCs The U.S. Internal Revenue Service acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks Windows 8.1 users have a narrow window to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update, the refresh that begins rolling out to customers today, to continue receiving future bug fixes, patches and enhancements. FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001. Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run "Metro" apps on the classic desktop. Microsoft sketches out final Windows XP security updates for next week Microsoft today said it will ship four security updates to customers next week that will include the final public fixes for flaws in Windows XP and Office 2003, both slated for retirement from security support on Tuesday. Last-minute lazybones dump Windows XP Windows XP and Windows 8 returned to their traditional pattern in March, with the soon-to-be-retired XP losing the most user share since December while Windows 8 gained ground. Microsoft returns to scare tactic well in dump-XP campaign Microsoft yesterday pulled out a fear-of-God approach to scare users into dumping Windows XP, telling them that the most popular tasks done on a PC will put them in the crosshairs of cyber criminals. Microsoft tries to tempt XP diehards with $100 discount on new PCs Microsoft is pitching another deal at pry-XP-from-my-cold-dead-hands customers, offering them $100 off a new Windows 8.1 device if they spring for one that costs more than $599. Ex-Mozilla engineer blames Microsoft's rules for Metro Firefox's death A former Mozilla engineer who worked on the "Metro" version of Firefox says that poor adoption of Windows 8's radical user interface wasn't behind the decision to shelve the browser. ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles. Windows leak site Wzor goes dark a day after feds arrest Microsoft mole The noted Windows leak site Wzor.net was offline Thursday and its Twitter account had disappeared, a day after an ex-Microsoft employee was charged with stealing trade secrets from the company. Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device. Perspective: Microsoft risks security reputation ruin by retiring XP Microsoft's plans to ship the final public patches for Windows XP on April 8 could undo its hard-won reputation for security and hurt itself as much as the customers who end up with an infected XP system. Microsoft plans to patch critical under-attack IE bug next week Microsoft will deliver five security updates to customers next week, two tagged as "critical," including one that will quash the open vulnerability in Internet Explorer that hackers have been exploiting since January. OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows. Users refuse to chuck XP as Windows 8 uptake flattens For the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 defied their maker's wishes, as XP gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February. Microsoft misjudges customer loyalty with kill-XP plea Microsoft grossly overestimated the loyalty of those it thought were its most steadfast customers when it asked them to help get friends and family members to dump Windows XP, a corporate communications expert said. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives! More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS. Users mock Microsoft for asking their help on XP-to-Windows 8.1 upgrades Astute Windows users have pointed out the Achilles Heel of Microsoft's plea for help in getting customers to dump Windows XP: The lack of a smooth upgrade path to Microsoft's newest OS, Windows 8.1. Microsoft concedes Windows 8.1 needs more for mouse, keyboard customers Microsoft on Sunday publicly acknowledged what leaks had shown, that the company will issue an update to Windows 8.1 this spring that provides more tools for owners of traditional PCs controlled by mouse and keyboard. Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets. Microsoft delivers stopgap defense against active IE10 attacks Microsoft on Wednesday issued a stopgap defense that protects IE9 and IE10 against ongoing attacks until the company issues a patch, probably in three weeks. Microsoft claims 200M Windows 8 licenses sold, but how many are in use? Microsoft last week said that it had sold 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since the operating system launched more than 15 months ago. But how many copies are actually being used? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to? While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting. Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines. Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions 'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows IE10 under attack as hackers exploit zero-day bug FireEye today said it had discovered that attackers are actively exploiting a new, unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 10. Windows XP isn't the only software getting the knife in 8 weeks Microsoft will call it quits not only on Windows XP in less than two months, but will pull the plug on Office 2003 the same day. Microsoft adds critical IE, XP fixes to Tuesday's patch slate Microsoft on Monday unexpectedly added two more critical security updates to the list it will deliver tomorrow, including one for all versions of Internet Explorer and another for the soon-to-be-retired Windows XP. Backlash slaps Microsoft's 'help-a-friend-dump-XP' plea Microsoft's appeal to its technically-advanced customers to help friends and family ditch Windows XP didn't quite work out like the company had hoped. Perspective: Microsoft asks for volunteers to join its kill-XP army Microsoft today implored its technically astute customers to help friends and family who are still running Windows XP get rid of the soon-to-be-retired operating system. Humorists strike gold with Nadella's promotion, Gates' job change Humorists stuck a minor gold mine yesterday when Microsoft anointed Satya Nadella, a veteran company insider, as its new CEO, proving that funny can be found in the most unlikely places. The ROI of free OS updates: Who wins, Apple or Microsoft? By offering their latest operating systems for free, Microsoft and Apple have accelerated the adoption pace of their newest OSes, according to data released by analytics firm Net Applications. Users postpone ditch-XP decision as Windows 8 runs to stay in place Windows XP's disappearance and Windows 8's march toward some kind of success were both put on hold in January, after a December when the former's user share plunged and the latter's swelled, a Web analytics company said. Leak hints Microsoft will recant 'make-them-eat-Metro' strategy for Windows 8 Microsoft will renounce its "make-them-eat-Metro" strategy in an update for Windows 8.1 slated to ship this spring, if leaked preliminary builds reflect the final product. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface. Perspective: If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move? As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make. Microsoft retains weapon to silently scrub XP Microsoft will be able to silently reach into Windows XP PCs for more than a year after it stops patching the aged OS to clean malware-infected machines, sources close to the company confirmed. HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, discounts consumer Windows 7 PCs Hewlett-Packard today launched a new online promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand." Microsoft will furnish malware assassin to XP users until mid-2015 Microsoft will continue to offer its malware scrubbing program to Windows XP users for more than a year after it stops patching the operating system in April. Windows 8's complexity tax shackles Microsoft Complexity may be Windows' downfall, and Microsoft has not only failed to address the problem, but exacerbated it by shipping the dual-threat, two-UI Windows 8. Microsoft retreats from XP's antivirus kill notice Microsoft today backpedaled from earlier decisions and said it would extend a limited helping hand to Windows XP users by offering both antivirus signatures and its own Security Essentials software for more than a year after it stops patching the aged OS. AV vendors buck Microsoft, will deliver Windows XP anti-malware signatures for years Windows XP owners can expect most antivirus vendors to continue providing up-to-date signatures long after Microsoft pulls its patch plug in April, but that won't keep their machines safe, an expert said today. Microsoft to +1 its OS, move to Windows 9 in 2015 Microsoft will likely talk up its next iteration of Windows, which some have already dubbed "Windows 9," at the BUILD developers conference in 11 weeks. Apple's Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too Tablet cannibals have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of PCs in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad. Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage. Unencrypted Windows crash reports give 'significant advantage' to hackers, spies Windows' error- and crash-reporting system sends a wealth of data unencrypted and in the clear, information that eavesdropping hackers or state security agencies can use to refine and pinpoint their attacks, a researcher said today. Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts. And that's bad news for Microsoft. Microsoft warns customers to update to Windows 8.1 final or face ruin Microsoft today reminded customers that the Windows 8.1 Preview will conk out on Jan.15. Perspective: Throw Windows XP a lifeline, Microsoft Microsoft's support for WIndows XP ends in less than four months, and the company has warned users repeatedly that it's time to move on. But a lot of them are sticking with the aged OS. And for Microsoft, that's a problem. Microsoft retracts Windows 7 PC end-of-sales deadline As quietly as Microsoft defined the dates it would stop selling Windows 7, over the weekend it revised its end-of-sales deadlines again, saying it had made a mistake. Microsoft exec hints at separate Windows release trains for consumers, business Microsoft may revert to separate release schedules for consumer and business versions of Windows, the company's top OS executive hinted this week. Microsoft ends Windows 7 retail sales Microsoft has quietly ended retail sales of Windows 7, according to a notice on its website. Windows 8 uptake needle sticks as growth stalls Windows 8's uptake stalled in November, while the now-aging Windows 7 continued to gain ground, a Web metrics company said Sunday. Malware: War without end After decades of fighting off viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware and cyberattacks, total victory remains beyond reach. How to get a job in financial IT IT pros may have shied away from financial services during the industry's recent upheavals, but it now represents a vibrant employment segment for those who understand its adherence to security, compliance and reliability. Insider (registration required) Microsoft books critical IE, Windows fixes for next week Microsoft today released Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for Windows 7, and announced it would soon start pushing it to customers as an automatic update. Microsoft ships IE11 for Windows 7 Microsoft today released Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for Windows 7, and announced it would soon start pushing it to customers as an automatic update. Google walks away from Microsoft's IE9 As expected, Google today declared that it has ended support for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser for its own Google Apps. Microsoft warns of Office zero-day, active hacker exploits Microsoft today said that attackers are exploiting a critical and unpatched vulnerability in Office 2007 using malformed documents to hijack Windows PCs and said Office 2003 and Office 2010 are also vulnerable. Windows 8 uptake slows, ditch-XP movement decelerates Windows 8's user share in October climbed past the 10% milestone for the first time since the launch of the radically-overhauled OS a year ago, an analytics company said Friday. Microsoft masks Windows, Office performance with new reporting format Microsoft's new financial reporting format makes it much harder to get a grip on how two of its most important software franchises, Windows and Office, are performing, an analyst said. The puzzling Lumia 2520 tablet: Will it disappear when Microsoft buys Nokia? Nokia's launch today of its first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520 running Windows RT 8.1, left observers wondering what would happen to the new tablet once Microsoft finalizes its $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia, probably next year. Small biz admins squawk over Windows 8.1 updates Small business IT administrators are angry at Microsoft for making them update each Windows 8 machine individually to Windows 8.1, a tedious task that requires them to point each device at the Windows Store and download a 3GB file. Microsoft fires off Windows 8.1, first round in fast-track updates Microsoft early today began feeding Windows 8.1 to customers already running Windows 8, making good on a bold promise to speed up the development and release of its flagship client operating system. Google pokes the Microsoft bear, pledges to support Chrome on XP into 2015 Google today stuck a finger in Microsoft's eye, telling users of Windows XP that its Chrome browser will support their aged operating system a year longer than will Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Enterprises will snub Microsoft's faster release tempo by sticking with Windows 7 Enterprises will standardize on Windows 7 and Office 2010 and will ignore Microsoft's newer operating system and suite for years, research firm Gartner predicted. Microsoft ships tool to block IE11 on Windows 7 Microsoft on Friday shipped a toolkit to block Internet Explorer 11 from automatically installing on Windows 7 PCs, a signal that the new browser will release in the next few weeks. Microsoft ponies up $100K to researcher who figured out new Windows hack in 2 weeks The security researcher who was awarded $100,000 by Microsoft said he spent about two weeks pondering, then demonstrating a new way to circumvent Windows' defensive technologies. Microsoft pays out $28K to IE bug hunters in its first-ever bounty program Microsoft paid more than $28,000 in rewards to researchers for its first bug bounty program, a one-month special it ran during the summer for the preview version of Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft puts Windows XP laggards in a pinch Microsoft last week painted Windows XP consumer and small business customers into an even smaller corner when it said it could not recommend that they upgrade to Windows 8.1, the update to Windows 8 slated to ship Oct. 18. Microsoft ships upgraded preview of IE11 for Windows 7 Microsoft today shipped a more polished preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Microsoft won't discount Windows 8.1 upgrades Microsoft today announced that it will charge full price for Windows 8.1 upgrades from Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. Patch expert wants Ballmer to get to the bottom of buggy Windows, Office updates A Microsoft MVP and Windows expert has sent company CEO Steve Ballmer a letter asking him to look into the worrisome trend of releasing sub-standard patches. Microsoft updates display 'worrisome' decline in quality Microsoft had to rewrite four security updates just three days after releasing them after customers reported never-ending demands that they be installed, even though they already had been. Windows XP's user share nose-dives Maybe people are listening to Microsoft's demand that they ditch Windows XP. Windows 8 surpasses Vista's uptake rate -- 10 months after launch Microsoft got some good news Sunday as metrics company Net Applications said Windows 8's user share in August is now larger than Vista's at the same point in the latter's post-launch timeline. Microsoft will craft XP patches after April '14, but not for you Just because Microsoft doesn't plan on giving Windows XP patches to the public after April 8, 2014, doesn't mean it's going to stop making those patches.
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday for March 2014
With this Microsoft Patch Tuesday update for March 2014, we see that Microsoft has released five updates, with two rated as Critical and three rated as Important by Microsoft. This is an average size security update for Microsoft for this time of year as we have generally seen Microsoft release 5-7 updates for the month of March on average over the past 10 years. Why we love engineers
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