Microsoft makes one-time exception, patches IE on Windows XP

By |May 14th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Security, Tech News, WinXP|Tags: , , |

Calls news coverage of IE vulnerability ‘overblown,’ but patches IE6, IE7 and IE8 on XP anyway

May 1, 2014

Microsoft today shipped an emergency update for Internet Explorer to close a hole that hackers had already been exploiting.

But in an unexpected move, Microsoft allowed Windows XP machines to receive the update, even though it had long held that the 13-year-old operating system had absolutely, positively retired on April 8.

“I’m surprised they went out-of-band at all,” said Andrew Storms, director of DevOps at security company CloudPassage, using the term for an emergency update outside the normal monthly patch cycle Microsoft maintains. “While there was a lot of talk about this zero-day, it was mainly focused on the XP angle.”

In fact, today’s turnabout was bigger news than the security update itself, something Microsoft tacitly acknowledged by posting a long […]

Valve Gives Publishers Tools to Self-Discount Games

By |February 26th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , |

Posted 02/26/2014 at 12:12pm | by Paul Lilly

Get ready for even more discounts

One thing you can’t accuse Valve of being is stingy with its Steam platform. It seems there’s always a Steam sale going on, making it easy to add to your games collection quicker than you can actually play through your titles. Well, guess what? If you thought Steam sales were frequent now, they could become even more commonplace now that Valve is allowing publishers to self-discount their games.

Valve announced new Steamworks tools for developers that will let them issue discounts whenever and however they like. According to the announcement sent out the Steamworks community group (and reposted on Reddit), developers can opt in or take part in upcoming week-long sales, select from upcoming promotions, and configure their own discount amount and date up to two months […]

Microsoft plans another short patch slate for next week, but finds a few XP bugs to crush

By |February 7th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , |


February 7, 2014 07:11 AM ET

Computerworld – Microsoft Thursday said it will issue five security updates next week, two tagged as “critical,” to close holes in Windows and the company’s Exchange-based Forefront Protection 2010 security software.

Three of the four updates for Windows will affect Windows XP, the 13-year-old operating system that Microsoft plans to retire from patching support on April 8. After next week’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has just two more rounds of security updates on its schedule before it pulls the plug on the aged OS.

One of the two critical updates — and the only one that will apply to Windows — does not even patch XP, according to Microsoft’s typically-terse advanced notification published Thursday. Instead “Bulletin 1.” as that update was tentatively labeled, will patch Windows 7, 8 and 8.1; Window RT and RT 8.1; and Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2. All are […]

Microsoft Reportedly Waiting Until April to Update Windows 8.1

By |February 5th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , |

Posted 02/05/2014 at 1:22pm | by Paul Lilly

An update to Windows 8.1 may roll out in April instead of May

Microsoft is planning to issue an update to Windows 8.1 that will introduce a number of new features and enhancements, such as possibly bypassing the Start screen and booting straight to the desktop environment by default (this hasn’t been confirmed), but when it will arrive is still up in the air. Initially planned for a March release, world on the web is that Microsoft is now planning to roll out the Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April.

CNET’s Mary Jo Foley says she’s heard from two sources within the past week that the update will most likely be pushed out to users on April 8 instead of March 11. Microsoft’s thinking is that it makes sense to dole […]