Well, how do you start, with such a big ending. This Microsoft Patch Tuesday is the final set of updates and security fixes for Windows XP. Windows XP has been a tremendously successful operating system and has truly defined the desktop ecosystem for the past decade. In case you have not yet quite moved on to a later more modern operating system (Windows 7 or 8.x), Microsoft has provided this helpful set of hints and tips regarding your now unsupported favourite desktop operating system.
With this Microsoft Patch Tuesday update for March 2014, we see that Microsoft has released five updates, with two rated as Critical and three rated as Important by Microsoft. This is an average size security update for Microsoft for this time of year as we have generally seen Microsoft release 5-7 updates for the month of March on average over the past 10 years.
IT pilot fish has told all his users at this office full of sales guys and engineers that they need to remove personal files from their PCs to prep for an operating system upgrade. But one engineer has his own way to do that.
Only three Critical updates are included in Microsoft’s November Patch Tuesday release. With the remaining five updates rated as Important, November is an average Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, covering 19 vulnerabilities in patches for Office and Internet Explorer.
On this 10th anniversary of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released eight updates, four rated as Critical and the remaining four rated as Important. Microsoft first announced a monthly patch cycle at the inaugural session of the Microsoft Worldwide Conference in 2003 -- when Windows 2000 was still around and a major security concern.
At first blush, the news is all good about Windows from Microsoft's earning report. But a closer look shows that's not at all the case.
The clocks have finally sprung forward here in the UK, which gives us another hour of daylight and more time to examine the latest releases of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday security update process. With the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2013, we see a set of nine updates, with two marked as “Critical,” and the remaining seven rated as “Important.” As usual, all of these updates will require a restart on your desktop machines.
Dell, which built itself into a tech powerhouse by selling Windows-based PCs, is being seriously hurt by poor Windows 8 adoptions and big slowdowns in enterprise Windows 7 upgrades. So says a Dell SEC filing. And things may only get worse from here -- potentially for Microsoft as well as Dell.
With this month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday update, we see a set of seven updates, four of which are marked as “Critical,” addressing serious problems that could enable someone to access your computer if they are not patched. The remaining three are rated as “Important,” and, while they aren’t as serious as the critical patches, they do address security issues that need to be fixed. Most of the seven patches affect Microsoft Office, with only two impacting Windows.