Newsletter Archives

  • A new patching year


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Tomorrow, as usual, Microsoft will release the January patches.

    Today, as usual, I’m recommending that you not install the patches right away. If you’ve been dealing with and following patching as long as I have, you’ll know that it takes about a week or so for problems to bubble up.

    Side effects are somewhat sporadic — some see them, some don’t. Those who see none sometimes move along to the next vulnerability. Lately, however, Microsoft has been taking a long-term look at vulnerabilities thus and taking several months to implement changes. 2024 looks to be no different, with many long-term issues needing resolution.

    This week’s edition of Patch Watch focuses specifically on business patching and what we may see in the coming months. For consumers, you probably will not have the same side effects or concerns as business patchers.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (21.02.0, 2024-01-08).

  • Closing the year on patching


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    We need a little Copilot, now.

    I have a favorite Christmas song called “We Need a Little Christmas” (now). That comes to my mind because for those of you who want to partake in the artificial intelligence experiment know as Windows Copilot, you may end up humming the slightly modified song “I Need a Little Copilot” (now).

    The December updates start to bring Copilot into Windows 10. I say “start” because, like many things in Microsoftland, features and changes are no longer released en masse to everyone in the form of a service pack. Instead, the changes are dribbled out or limited to certain geographical areas.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.51.0, 2023-12-18).

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Copilot for Christmas

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    ISSUE 20.49.1 • 2023-12-07


    By Susan Bradley

    The upcoming December updates will begin Microsoft’s process of dribbling out Windows Copilot.

    No question here — I’m raising the MS-DEFCON level to 2.

    I’m not sure I understand why Copilot needed to be so deeply embedded in Windows, at least right now. It’s obvious that putting the guts of AI support into the operating system is inevitable, because Microsoft’s apps are rapidly evolving to include Copilot.

    However, Microsoft’s icon for Copilot still includes the “PRE” badge, which in effect signals that we’re all still beta testers for a Copilot preview. Besides, with your Microsoft account and Edge, you can play around with Copilot at low risk. Even that generates some uncertainty, because I’ve seen Copilot in Bing deliver wrong answers.

    Maybe the bugs should be worked out before Copilot is welded permanently to Windows.

    Anyone can read the full MS-DEFCON Alert (20.49.1, 2023-12-07).