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. Windows 8 stains Ballmer's legacy Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer survived the flop that was Windows Vista, but he wasn't able to do the same after the disappointment of Windows 8. Lenovo gives Windows 8 vote of no confidence by bundling Start menu stand-in Lenovo, the world's largest computer maker, announced today that its Windows 8 PCs will come bundled with the Pokki Start button and menu replacement, along with its desktop mode-oriented app store. XP Z: Microsoft scares Windows XP users straight with undead bug warning Microsoft warned Windows XP customers that they face never-patched, never-dead "zero-day" vulnerabilities if they don't dump the 12-year-old operating system before its April 2014 retirement. XP's retirement will be hacker heaven Cyber criminals will bank their Windows XP zero-day vulnerabilities until after Microsoft stops patching the aged operating system next April, a security expert argued today. Microsoft to clean up after Oracle's patch mess again next week Microsoft will deliver eight security updates next week to patch dangerous vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and the business-critical Exchange Server, as well as less-serious bugs in all versions of Windows. China has a massive Windows XP problem The Chinese are going to have a very, very hard time kicking the Windows XP habit. Chrome bears down on Firefox, again threatens to take the No. 2 browser spot Mozilla's Firefox browser has lost more than 11% of its user share in the last two months, giving Google's Chrome another shot at replacing it as the world's No. 2 browser, according to new data. Microsoft mandates Windows 8.1 upgrade Microsoft today said that Windows 8.1, slated for release this fall, will use the same lifecycle support timeline as 2012's Windows 8, meaning that it will be supported until early 2023. Microsoft ships IE11 preview for Windows 7 Microsoft today released a preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, making good on a June promise to add Windows' most popular edition to the browser's run list. Microsoft ships Office 2010 SP2, starts upgrade clock Microsoft yesterday released Office 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2), a cumulative update that includes previously-released bug fixes as well as several performance, reliability and stability improvements. SanDisk unveils wireless flash drives that hold up to 64GB SanDisk today unveiled its Connect line of wireless flash memory drives, which include the Connect Wireless Flash Drive and the SanDisk Wireless Media Drive. Ditch XP movement finally helps PC business Companies buying new PCs to avoid the end of support for Windows XP helped the computer industry dodge an even gloomier quarter, IDC said. Google expands plan to turn rivals' devices into ersatz Chromebooks Google on Monday expanded on its strategy to turn any connected device into an ersatz Chromebook by adding access to several services, including Google Wallet, and baked-in hardware, like Bluetooth, to super-apps that run in its Chrome browser. Microsoft releases disk images for Windows 8.1 beta upgrades Microsoft has released its Windows 8.1 beta as a disk image, making it more convenient to upgrade multiple devices within an organization or enterprise. Microsoft promises IE11 on Windows 7 Microsoft today confirmed that Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) will be ported to Windows 7, but declined to name a release date. Microsoft restarts Windows push with 'refined blend' Windows 8.1 beta Microsoft today shipped Windows 8.1, the free upgrade to Windows 8, with CEO Steve Ballmer calling it "a refined blend" of what many critics had called a jarring disconnect between its two radically different user interfaces. Nationwide makes SSDs standard on PCs, to employee applause Nationwide Insurance is moving off Windows XP and the misery of an eight-minute boot-up time for some 40,000 users. 5-year-old Macs not too old for OS X Mavericks The new OS X Mavericks will run on the same set of Mac desktops and notebooks as OS X Mountain Lion, but iOS 7 will drop support for iPhone 3GS, the 2009 smartphone supported by the current iOS 6. Microsoft to tackle under-attack Office bug next week Microsoft today said it will ship just five security updates next week, the fewest in any month so far this year, to patch 23 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows and Office. IE11 on Windows 7? Mum's the word from Microsoft Microsoft will ship Internet Explorer 11 with Windows 8.1 later this year, but isn't saying whether the browser would also be available to Windows 7 users Windows 8 earns a second chance in enterprise after changes Microsoft will get another shot at tempting businesses to try Windows 8 after it rolls out the "Blue" update later this year, analysts said Thursday. Hey, Microsoft: It's the apps, stupid Microsoft today revealed some of the changes in Windows 8 due to reach customers in a month, but didn't address what analysts called the biggest barrier to the OS's success. Windows 8 users snub 'Modern' apps, stick to desktop A majority of consumer and small business Windows 8 PC users launch fewer than one "Modern" app a day, signaling that they're spending most of their time on the classic Windows 7-style desktop, according to data released Wednesday. Google engineer bashes Microsoft's handling of security researchers, discloses Windows zero-day A Google security engineer accused Microsoft of treating outside researchers with "great hostility" days before posting details of an unpatched vulnerability in Windows that could be used to crash PCs or gain additional access rights. Microsoft software satisfaction slumps Customer satisfaction with Microsoft's software, primarily Windows, dropped slightly in the last year, likely part of the fallout over Windows 8, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. How to Prepare for Windows 8 Even Though It's Not Coming to Enterprises Windows 8 won't be adopted as a standard at your business anytime soon, according to a new Forrester report. But that doesn't mean IT shouldn't prepare for it to sneak through the BYOD side door. Here are five ways to be ready for Windows 8. Boutique PC seller laughs all the way to the bank on the back of Windows 7 A boutique system builder has bucked the industry trend of slumping PC sales by continuing to focus on selling Windows 7 machines. Dell replays Windows 8 blame card as PC sales slide Dell last week again blamed Windows 8 for contributing to a decline in PC sales revenue during the quarter that ended May 3. Windows 8 is an enterprise 'non-starter' because IT sees no value in changes Windows 8 faces a number of hurdles in the enterprise, but the biggest reason it won't replace the current corporate champion, Windows 7, is simple: IT shops don't think it's worth the upgrade hassle. Windows 8 isn't New Coke, says top Microsoft exec; it's Diet Coke Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft's head of corporate communications, defended his company's Windows information disclosure strategy, denying that Microsoft has adopted Apple's "cone of silence" approach to imparting news. Microsoft votes for free Windows 8.1, collects kudos Microsoft today announced that Windows 8.1, the update later this year for Windows 8, will be free to current users of the operating system, confirming analysts' expectations. Microsoft's counter-attack against Windows 8 coverage makes it 'look weak' Microsoft on Friday called some media coverage of its plans to update Windows 8 sensationalist and an effort to drive website page views. Block rogue apps with Windows Server -- for free It is a lot of work to set up policies; it takes trial and some error, too. But the payoffs are huge.
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday: March 2013
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