Well known Microsoft observer Dr. Pizza (Peter Bright) has written an editorial criticizing Microsoft’s decision to patch IE on Windows XP. The decision to release this patch is a mistake, and the rationale for doing so is inadequate. A one-off patch of this kind makes no meaningful difference to the security of a platform. Internet Explorer received security patches in 11 of the last 12 Patch Tuesdays. Other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox receive security updates on a comparable frequency. The security of a browser is not contingent on any one bugfix; it’s dependent on a continuous delivery of patches, fixes, and improvements. One-off “exceptions” do not make Internet Explorer on Windows XP “safe.” There’s no sense in which this patch means that all of a sudden it’s now “OK” to use Internet Explorer on Windows XP. And yet it seems inevitable that this is precisely how it will ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the the Surface 2, Pro, & Pro 2.   The updates contain support for the Power Cover (which is now available for pre-order), improved multiple finger support, bug fixes for wireless issues, improved miracast support, and stability and performance improvements.  A detailed list can be seen below: Surface Pro March 2014 updates Windows 8.0 updates: The following updates will be listed as “System Hardware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad. Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v1.0.323.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover. Windows 8.1 updates: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your ...

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As with every second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft released its regularly scheduled Windows updates yesterday.   Update KB2817630 for Outlook 2013 caused issues for a number of people, and Microsoft has pulled the patch. Microsoft posted an explanation of what went wrong on their Office Blog today: Due to a version incompatibility between outlook.exe and mso.dll, a mismatched reference to a data structure causes the “Minimize” button in the navigation pane to render incorrectly, typically extremely large to the point that the navigation pane is “invisible” to the user.  The issue only manifests when incompatible versions of outlook.exe and mso.dll exist on the system. If both versions are earlier (lower) than 4535.1000, or both versions are later (higher) than 4535.1000, the problem does not manifest.  If one file is updated but the other is not, the problem is evident.  The incompatible state is created by installing either the September Public Update OR the August ...

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