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  • Windows 10 S free upgrade to Pro extended until March 31, 2018

    Posted on September 5th, 2017 at 14:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    All of you Windows 10 S fans, gather round…

    C’mon. There must be at least one of you.

    Anyway, Microsoft has announced that Surface Laptops are now available in more colors, in more countries.

    At the same time, they announced that the free upgrade offer (or maybe I should say “the ability to move from Windows 10 S mode, back to Pro”) has been extended by three months.

    If any of you are seriously considering buying a Surface Laptop – or taking the plunge with Windows 10 S — we need to have a serious talk.

    The fact that the free upgrade extension announcement came buried in one of the final paragraphs of an official blog post entitled “Surface Laptop colors arriving in additional countries” should give you a clue.

  • Office non-security patches for September 2017 are available

    Posted on September 5th, 2017 at 12:39 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    These are September patches. They are NOT covered under the current 9/5/2017 MS-DEFCON 3 unbrella for August patches. You do NOT want to install them yet (unless you want to be an unpaid Beta tester).

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172484)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172512)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3203486)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3213536)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011087)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011106)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4011109)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB3191936)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB4011105)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4011032)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191923)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191924)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3203478)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3203482)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011093)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011099)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011102)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4011098)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4011092)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011101)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4011096)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4011039)

     

    Office 2007 is on extended support. It no longer receives non-security updates. There were no updates listed for Office 2010. Security patches for all current supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday)

  • Keizer: Microsoft browsers dip back down again

    Posted on September 5th, 2017 at 10:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A detailed analysis on IE and Edge, based on August usage statistics.

    Overall, however, Microsoft’s fortunes remain dark in the browser race. While the share loss in the eight months of 2017 has been just over half that of same period of 2016 — illustrating a slowing of the bleeding — IE+Edge has shed almost a full percentage point each month so far this year. If that reduction rate keeps up, the browsers will vanish before this time in 2019.

    That’s very unlikely to happen.

    Follow the numbers. Gregg Keizer at Computerworld.

  • MS-DEFCON 3: Get your August patches installed

    Posted on September 5th, 2017 at 07:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There are easy ways to work around remaining problems with the August Windows and Office patches. Get patched now!

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

  • A fascinating story of MalwareTechBlog

    Posted on September 5th, 2017 at 06:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I, like many, responded with more than a bit of incredulity to the news that the WannaCry blocking guy had been arrested. How could the person who single-handedly blocked WannaCry be guilty of the of the crimes attributed to him by the FBI?

    Now, I see that it’s not so simple.

    Brian Krebs just published an excellent, thorough article about Marcus Hutchins, the WannaCry guy. Well worth a read.