Posts Tagged ‘Redmond’

Windows 10: What We Know So Far

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Microsoft plans to tell us what we don’t know about Windows 10 in a Wednesday January 21 event, namely, the consumer side of the new operating system.

Many think of Windows 10, currently at the preview stage, as Microsoft’s attempt to make good with its business customers. They may have become alienated by the mobile-centric and touch-based user interface of Windows 8. The idea that Windows 10 will address those business concerns comes from Microsoft itself. For instance, at Windows 10’s San Francisco unveiling in September, Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of Operating Systems, stressed that businesses would be familiar with the Windows 10 interface and that Windows 10 would be compatible with traditional management systems.

Read more by Kurt Mackie

Microsoft Releases New Outlook for Mac for Office 365

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Microsoft released new Outlook for Mac software for its Office 365 subscribers today, and announced future roadmap details for Office for Mac.

Office for Mac is Microsoft’s premises-installed productivity suite (with Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word) for Apple Mac computers. Microsoft indicated today that Office for Mac users can expect a public beta of the next release in “the first half of 2015,” with general availability happening in the second half of that year. In general, though, Microsoft is prioritizing its Office 365 releases over its “boxed” Office for Mac releases.

Outlook for Mac for Office 365
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Outlook for Mac e-mail client solution for Office 365 is available today for commercial subscribers, as well for Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers. It’s available to commercial subscribers through the Office 365 Portal or via Microsoft’s software download page. Consumer subscribers can get it through their My Account link, according to Microsoft’s announcement.

Read More By Kurt Mackie

Enjoy the weekend, sysadmins: Next Tues fixes 33 Microsoft bugs

Including IE8 remote code execution hole that pwned US nuke lab

Microsoft has promised to fix a high-profile vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8, among other holes, in this month’s Patch Tuesday rollout of security updates.

In all, next week’s bucket of upgrades will address 33 bugs in a range of Redmond software. The flaws have been grouped into 10 sets of holes: two marked critical and eight important.

The critical updates kill off vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that allow miscreants to remotely execute malicious code on victims’ machines: one will paper over flaws uncovered during the Pwn2Own hacking competition at CanSecWest in March. This update affects all versions of the web browser from IE6 to IE10 on all Windows operating systems from XP to Win8, including RT.

The other critical update fixes a vulnerability specific to Internet Explorer 8. It is believed computers used by the nuclear weapons research teams at the US Department of Labor were compromised by websites exploiting this browser hole on 1 May. The attack code has since surfaced elsewhere on the web and bundled into the infosec Swiss army knife Metasploit.

Read More By John Leyden

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