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Yesterday   Late Thursday, John Wilcox – who’s become something of a lightning rod for unpopular Microsoft pronouncements – laid to waste the fiction of “Current Branch for Business,” which is now called “Semi-Annual Channel.” In his Windows IT Pro blog called Windows Update for Business and the retirement of SAC-T, he says: In my post last May on Windows 10 and the “disappearing” SAC-T, I explained how we simplified and aligned our Windows servicing terminology with Office, reflecting that there are two Se

5 Days Ago   Those of you who feel it’s important to install Windows and Office patches the moment they come out – I salute you. The Windows world needs more cannon fodder.

8 Days Ago   Matt Miller’s presentation at Blue Hat yesterday included some startling statistics, based on data gathered by Microsoft’s Security Response Center. The numbers starkly confirm what we’ve been saying for years: The chances of getting hit with malware by delaying Windows and Office patches for up to 30 days is tiny compared to all the other ways of getting clobbered.

15 Days Ago   Compared to some months last year, January has been a Microsoft patching cakewalk. We had several rounds of close calls and missed calls, as I posted earlier this week, but almost everything is cleared up.

17 Days Ago   In general, the January patches look relatively benign, but for some folks in some situations they can bite. Hard. On the surface we’ve seen the usual Patch Tuesday Cumulative Updates and secondary Cumulative Updates for all versions of Windows 10.

29 Days Ago   If you can’t get to your router’s admin page using the Edge browser, there’s a reason why. Microsoft broke it with this month’s cumulative updates. [ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] Yesterday, Microsoft appended this warning to all of its Windows 10 January cumulative update pages for version 1703 onward: After installing [this month’s cumulative update], some users report that they cannot load a webpage in Microsoft Edge using a local IP address.

30 Days Ago   Looks like Microsoft has upped its game on deploying the September-October-November-December 2018 Update for Windows 10, with forced upgrades on the menu. Yesterday evening, Microsoft updated the status of Win10 1809 to say: Current status of Windows, version 1809, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809 To read this article in full, please click here

36 Days Ago   If Microsoft’s patchers keep it up, folks might start to think that they know what they’re doing. Last night we saw the release of KB 4476976, which is a bug-fixing patch for Win10 version 1809.

38 Days Ago   It’s Reboot Wednesday (the day following Microsoft's Patch Tuesday) and, like roses unto spring, bugs are starting to crawl out of the woodwork. This time, if you have a network that uses SMBv2, this month’s Win7 patches may knock your network upside the head.

40 Days Ago   With Patch Tuesday coming tomorrow, now’s a good time to make sure you have Windows Automatic Update throttled. Yes, you need to patch sooner or later.

53 Days Ago   The big remaining bugaboo — the Dec. 19 emergency release of Internet Explorer patches for all supported versions of Windows — remains shrouded in secrecy. That said, it looks like early reports of devastating bugs in the IE update are overstated; at this point, I’m not aware of any replicable problems.

57 Days Ago   Just when you’re ready to settle in for some egg and nog and whatever may accompany, Windows starts throwing poison frog darts. This month, a fairly boring patching regiment has turned topsy turvey with an unexplained emergency patch for Internet Explorer (you know, the browser nobody uses), combined with an Outlook 2013 patch that doesn’t pass the smell test.

60 Days Ago   I’ve seen reports of people getting pushed onto the latest version of Win10 since last Tuesday, but yesterday Microsoft made it official: Rollout Status as of December 17, 2018: Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.

65 Days Ago   Yesterday, Microsoft’s “B Week” Patch Tuesday, we saw a fairly small set of patches — “small” being a relative designation. There are 194 December updates in the Microsoft Catalog, with 39 separately identified security holes (CVEs), and with every supported version of Windows, Office and .Net getting a dose.

68 Days Ago   I’ve seen a couple of verified reports that Microsoft is now pushing the newly revised Win10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update, version 1809, on “seekers.” Be aware that Microsoft, once again, interprets a click on “Check for updates,” as giving carte blanche to install whatever is in the kettle.

70 Days Ago   November’s patches initially appeared relatively innocuous, with a few catastrophic problems in 64-bit Office 2010, which is a bit of a standing joke anyway. As the month melted on, we saw a Win10 version 1803 second cumulative update, KB 4467682, that caused havoc, including blue screens on Surface Book 2 PCs, and customized Start Menu bugs (thx, Günter Born).

72 Days Ago   Microsoft released Win10 version 1809 — the Windows 10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update — to the unwashed masses back on Oct. 2. Four days later, in a flurry of major bugs including permanently deleted files, Microsoft yanked the bits.

73 Days Ago   Microsoft has long had problems with its second monthly cumulative updates. In recent months, we've seen a string of bad "non-security" second monthly updates, which are pushed out the Windows Update chute without any external testing.

74 Days Ago   Those of you in the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring were treated to yet another patch yesterday. This latest KB 4469342 (the fourth version to bear the same name) brings the Windows 10 September-October-November-(checks calendar)-December 2018 Update to build 17763.168.

79 Days Ago   By far the most important reason for this month’s relative patching calm: Microsoft decided to wait and get the Windows 10 (version 1809) patch right instead of throwing offal against a wall and seeing what sticks.

80 Days Ago   We may be witnessing a Patch Festivus Miracle in the making. The powers-that-be in Redmond have slowed down the relentless pace of Win10 updates and, at least in the case of the latest version of the last version of Windows, we may actually see a responsibly vetted patch.

81 Days Ago   Two weeks ago we witnessed an amazing change in Microsoft’s approach to patching Windows 10. For the first time, Microsoft pushed a test version of a cumulative update to Win10 1809 out through the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring — which is exactly why we have a Release Preview Ring.

88 Days Ago   There’s an important move afoot, if you’re using Windows 7 or Server 2008, or an older version of Windows Server Update Services. Starting in April, Windows updates will all be sent out with SHA-2 encryption, usurping the old SHA-1.

89 Days Ago   Two related Office 2010 non-security patches issued on Nov. 6 were pulled on Nov. 17. KB 4461522 and KB 2863821 are both related to changes coming in the Japanese calendar next month attributed to the abdication of Emperor Akihito in favor of his son, Naruhito.

92 Days Ago   I’m starting to think that the people now in charge of Win10 version 1809 know what they’re doing. [ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] First, we saw a rudimentary list of known bugs in 1809, along with a point-by-point notice of what’s being done, and what you can do to fix the bugs.

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