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Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to deliver more than 70 patches with this month's Patch Tuesday batch released today. Microsoft contributed the bulk of the fixes emitted this month, kicking out updates for 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products. These should be installed as soon as you're able to test and deploy them …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2018
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Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond?

In a week when NASA flung a spacecraft into space to touch the Sun, Microsoft has brought darkness to Windows 10, given Skype Classic a mission extension, and continued its efforts to send SMB1 screaming into the heart of our nearest star. Windows Insiders: Dark Mode complete! Kind of... It was a bumper week for Windows …
Richard Speed, 14 Aug 2018
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Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

There was more to Microsoft last week than the launch of a little brother for the Surface Pro. Here are some of the stories you may have missed amid the fondleslab furore. Web Authentication in Edge Microsoft's attempts to get people to use its unloved Edge browser continued with support for the Candidate Recommendation (CR) …
Richard Speed, 6 Aug 2018
Microsoft's Fluent Design System, announced at Build

Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys

In a week where Outlook went dark, prices crept up and Office Server 2019 emerged, blinking, into the light, here are some tales from Redmond you may have missed. F# version bump Microsoft continued its support for the F# programming language with a preview of version 4.5. The jump from 4.1 is aimed at getting the language …
Richard Speed, 31 Jul 2018
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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

Open-source Windows wannabe ReactOS took another tentative step towards usability with a 0.4.9 release aimed at stability and self-hosting. Tweaks in this version fix the FastFAT driver to stem resource leakages, which might hit IO performance, but makes up for it in improvements to stability. Self-hosting – the ability to …
Richard Speed, 24 Jul 2018
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If at first you, er, make things worse, you're probably Microsoft: Bug patch needed patching

A remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows VBScript engine was left open for exploitation for two months after it was supposedly patched. In fact, the fix made things even worse by introducing another remotely exploitable bug in VBScript. This is all according to researchers at Qihoo 360, who today claimed a …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2018
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Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, the company's Electron-based source code editor for Linux, macOS and Windows, has been bestowed with the company's Python Language Server, making it more fluent in the popular programming language. The language server, Microsoft explains, powers the company's IntelliSense autocomplete system, …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2018
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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

Microsoft has closed out a massive fiscal 2018 that saw the Redmond giant lay claim to more than $110bn in total revenue. Azure and its cloud compute operation was singled out in Redmond's financial figures – released on Thursday – as one of Microsoft's top performers both in the full year and the past three months. Here's a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2018
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Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core Services has hit public preview and the software giant has indicated just how much it is all going to cost. Microsoft is keen to get a foothold in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. In 2015 it released a slimmed-down version of Windows 10 aimed at IoT devices, …
Richard Speed, 18 Jul 2018
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Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

Lovers of big screens in boardrooms, rejoice! The first of Microsoft's Ginormonitors (aka Windows Collaboration Displays) has arrived at Redmond's partner shindig in Las Vegas. The device, made by UK-based manufacturer Avocor, is the first in Microsoft's range of big screens aimed at users unwilling, or unable, to fork out for …
Richard Speed, 18 Jul 2018

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

How many baby boomers does it take to set up GitHub? Just one – but you've got to make it look like a 1990s Windows build. That seems to be the reasoning behind "GitHub Windows Edition", billed as “a user style which transforms GitHub's pages into [a] GUI resembling Windows 9x” in a browser window. Vulture South can't decide …
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Sophos SafeGuard anything but – thanks to 7 serious security bugs

Companies running Sophos security clients will want to update their software following the disclosure of seven privilege escalation flaws in the security suite. Sophos says its SafeGuard Enterprise Client, LAN Crypt client and Easy software on Windows are all vulnerable to the bugs, which can be exploited by an attacker to run …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2018
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Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

Further evidence that Microsoft wants to broaden the appeal of its boutique Surface hardware has emerged. Almost a month ago, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted budget Surface hardware was being planned, priced at "about $400... 20 per cent lighter than the high-end models, but [with] around four hours fewer of battery life". …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2018
Windows Security

Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

Microsoft’s published a draft “Security Servicing Commitments for Windows” in which it explains the bugs it will and won’t fix. The document (PDF) was revealed on June 12th and is intended for security researchers, to offer “better clarity around the security features, boundaries and mitigations which exist in Windows and the …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2018
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June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request

Microsoft has released its monthly security update, addressing a total of 51 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The June edition of Patch Tuesday includes 11 fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Windows, including Microsoft's solution for the recently-disclosed Spectre Variant 4 chip design flaw. Among the most serious …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jun 2018
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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

The Microsoft world was awash last week with the wailing and gnashing of teeth over what many of the more vocal in the development world regarded as the big bad corporate wolf chowing down on the fluffy sheep of open source as Redmond picked up GitHub. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and soon-to-be GitHub CEO Nat Friedman went …
Richard Speed, 11 Jun 2018

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update has been out for over a month now, and the rumbling of user dissatisfaction continues. This time it's networking problems for users still clinging to the venerable SMB1 protocol. Users have taken to support forums, including Microsoft's own, complaining that the latest version of Windows 10 is …
Richard Speed, 8 Jun 2018
Windows Collaboration Display

Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

Microsoft last night dropped the veil on a "new category of teamwork devices" – the not-quite-a-Surface-Hub Windows Collaboration Display (or Whopping Computer Display, judging by the size of it.) The device, which on first glance looks like a giant monitor, was shown off at Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, last eve, with …
Richard Speed, 6 Jun 2018

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