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Unread 2018-12-20, 03:44 PM   #276
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Windows 10 will make it easier to ¯*∖*_*(*ツ*)*_*/*¯ and *(*╯*°*□*°*)*╯*︵* *┻*━*┻



The emoji panel is getting expanded to include symbols and kaomoji.





One of the more welcome additions to Windows 10 has been the emoji search panel, making it as easy to type emoji on a PC as it is on your phone. The latest Windows 10 insider build, 18305, is taking this a step further, including not just emoji but also kaomoji and symbols.
Kaomoji ("face characters") is, apparently, the name for those complicated faces made up of sequences of Japanese symbols. While some, such as shrugging ¯*\*_*(*ツ*)*_*/*¯, have become widespread (Slack's /shrug surely having at least some of the blame there), there is in fact a rich variety of faces that are used. So while sometimes you might be table flippingly mad (*╯*°*益*°*)*╯*彡*┻*━*┻ other times you might just want to flip the bird ┌*∩*┐*(*◣*_*◢*)*┌*∩*┐. If that's all a bit shocking you might be a little surprised (*⊙*_*⊙*) and perhaps you'll even run away ε*=*ε*=*┌*(* *>*_*<*)*┘.

With Christmas and the New Year imminent, this is likely to be the last new build we see for a few weeks, so it's nice that it has an interesting new feature to explore. The new build also includes the first iterations of the Windows Sandbox feature announced earlier this week. Sandbox uses a combination of hypervisor and container technologies to provide a secure, isolated environment for running untrusted applications.
Beyond that, the new build includes some more streamlined sign-in options (for example, Active Directory machines can now automatically log in after updating), the option of using relative "friendly" dating in Explorer (e.g., to say that a file was modified "a few minutes ago"), and more shadows under user interface elements. And the settings app continues to evolve: it now has a header showing your account and a few important details about your system status.
Enlarge / The settings app now has a header showing your account details, system update status, and other bits and pieces.


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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build kills passwords, simplifies Start, and adds fun 'kaomoji'

Microsoft has moved into its mid-release build schedule, which means many new features and changes for Windows 10 Insiders.





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Microsoft’s mid-release Windows Insider builds typically are the biggest of the lot, and Windows 10 Insider Build 18305 is no exception. In addition to the new Windows Sandbox, there’s a simplified Start menu, a new Office app, tweaks to Settings, File Explorer, Task Manager and Security—and even a process for doing away with your Windows 10 password.
Though the existence of the virtualized Windows Sandbox safe space leaked in advance, it’s the elimination of passwords that’s probably the most significant. We’ll walk you through the most important additions below. Remember, if you’re not a Windows Insider, your PC won’t see these—until they’re scheduled to roll out in the “19H1” release sometime next year.
Sign into Windows with a phone, and without a password

As we note in our upcoming Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review, the “Out of the Box Experience” for the Laptop 2 doesn’t even ask for your password. Once you enter your account name, Windows knows whether you have two-factor authentication turned on. In my case, it simply asked to authenticate me on my phone. Now that process will be extended to all Windows devices running Windows 10 Home.
[ Further reading: Our best Windows 10 tricks, tips and tweaks ] To enable this, you’ll need a phone that’s been linked to a Microsoft account—say, with the Word mobile app, Microsoft suggests. From that app you can “log in” using just your phone number as your default “account.”

Microsoft With the new sign-in experience, you’ll have the option of skipping passwords entirely.
In Windows, you’ll need to add the account (Settings > Accounts > Family & other Users > Add someone else to this PC) and then sign into that account. According to Microsoft, you’ll then be prompted to use a PIN or Windows Hello to sign in on subsequent attempts. The password you’ll enter to enable the process will simply be a code texted to your smartphone.
Microsoft’s also revamped the PIN reset experience by using a web-based sign-in, but the process doesn’t appear too different otherwise.
Windows Sandbox appears

Windows Sandbox is essentially a derivative of the Hyper-V virtual machine environment within Windows 10 Pro, made a little friendlier for testing apps that you’re not sure are legitimate. Our separate story on Windows Sandboxgoes into more detail.

Microsoft Windows Sandbox creates a small virtual Windows within Windows for testing apps.
Start gets simpler

We’re not sure what was wrong with the existing Start menu, but Microsoft has revamped it. While the default layout will remain as you left it, you’ll now have the option to simplify it into a single-column design.

Microsoft Do we really need a simpler Start? It’s an option for those who agree.
New automatic and recommended troubleshooting

If you right-click a component on your keyboard (say, the Wi-Fi icon in your taskbar) you’ll see an option to launch a troubleshooter if, say, your Wi-Fi doesn’t connect to the Internet. Windows will try to auto-detect these scenarios before you notice them, and take action.

Microsoft If Microsoft detects a problem, it may suggest a fix...
“[W]e may automatically restore default settings for critical services, adjust feature settings to match your hardware configuration, or make other specific changes required for Windows to operate normally,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “Critical troubleshooting happens automatically and can’t be turned off.”

Microsoft ...which you’ll have the option of adjusting.
Microsoft will also pop up recommended troubleshooters, too, which will be optional.
Don’t flip the table: Kaomoji arrives on Windows 10!

What is kaomoji? (Don’t know, we didn’t know either.) But if you’re comfortable with the web, chances are you’re already familiar with one: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ .

Microsoft The emoji menu will broaden to include kaomoji and symbols.
Yes, this “flipping the table” kaomoji, plus others, will now be built into Windows 10. To access them, you’ll still need to use the WIN+; shortcut. On the top, though, you’ll see new tabs: one for basic emoji, one for kaomoji, and an enhanced symbols tab, too.
Default Task Manager tab

If you have a preferred tab within the Task Manager (such as Performance) you won’t have to constantly click through—Task Manager will just launch in the default view.

Microsoft .Task Manager will let you see what you want to see, fast.
Frequently used Settings will now appear

Many of the new features within Windows are hidden within the Settings menu—and commonly-used ones, too. That can often mean digging through menus to find what you’re looking for. Within the new build, you’ll find a number of “quick actions” for managing your Microsoft account and more.

Microsoft This is what the Settings page will look like within Build 18305.
Dates are getting friendlier

In File Explorer and other menus, dates are often expressed in numerical month/day/year formats, which works for many people. If you’re the sort of person who prefers “friendly” dates spelled out with the month and day instead, however, that option is now available.

Microsoft What “friendly dates” will look like within the new build.
Office app to replace My Office

Windows already has a “My Office” app within it for managing your Office 365 subscription, viewing recently used documents and providing quick access to Office apps. Microsoft has decided to revamp the app into just “Office”... allowing you to manage your Office 365 subscription and see recently accessed documents, and providing quick access to Office apps.

Microsoft Here’s a sneak peek at the new Office app.
The difference between the two appears to be Microsoft Search, which will feature “prominently” in the new design. You’ll see more documents that have been shared with you, too.
Smaller additions:

Cortana has been integrated with To-Do: Though Cortana is playing a more secondary role than in builds past, she’s still there. If you ask Cortana to add milk to your shopping list, for example, it will show up in the To-Do app.
Protection History: Within Windows Security, you’ll see a new Protection History “experience,” which has been redesigned to better show you any actions or detections made by Windows Defender and other security components within Windows. There’s also a new Tamper Protection toggle, which provides “additional protections against changes to key security features, including limiting changes which are not made directly through the Windows Security app,” Microsoft says.

Microsoft A look at the new Protection History “experience.”
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Microsoft starts testing a version of Windows 10 it won’t release until 2020



It’s an unusual beta test for Microsoft

Microsoft has started testing an update to Windows 10 that it plans to release in 2020. It’s unusual for the company to test updates so far in advance, as Microsoft typically releases two updates per year and tests them with members of the public. Microsoft has not yet started testing its next 2019 update, codenamed 19H2, but Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief, Dona Sarkar, says additional testing is required for this new 2020 update.

Due in the first half of 2020, and codenamed 20H1, Sarkar says “some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time.” Microsoft has not yet officially unveiled features for this update, but the company has released the first early beta build of it to testers today. Windows 10 build 18836 has been released to testers who opt into the Skip Ahead ring for future versions of Windows, and Microsoft will start testing its 19H2 update later this spring.

Microsoft is currently in the process of finalizing its next major Windows 10 update, due in April. It’s currently codenamed 19H1, and the software maker is expected to ship a final version of it to testers in March before making it more broadly available to existing machines. This spring 2019 update will include a new light theme, Kaomoji support, a separation of Cortana from Windows search, and a new built-in Office app.
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Windows 10 will soon allow direct access to Linux files

Penguin joins Club, takes biscuit




MICROSOFT'S Linux love-in continues with the announcement that, soon, you'll be able to access your Linux files directly from Windows.

The company has confirmed that the next edition of Windows 10, due in April, will allow you to access your Linux files from the File Explorer and edit them using the command line.

A blog post has confirmed the news, which will see the new feature enabled in Build 1903, also known as 19H1: "In the past, creating and changing Linux files from Windows resulted in losing files or corrupting data.


"Making this possible has been a highly requested and long anticipated feature. We're proud to announce you can now easily access all the files in your Linux distros from Windows."

You'll be able to type explorer.exe from within the Linux-in-Windows box, and up will pop a Windows File Explorer window, defaulted to your home Linux file directory.

The post adds: "This includes operations such as: dragging files back and forth to other locations, copy and paste, and even interesting scenarios like using the context menu to open VSCode in a WSL directory!"

You'll also be able to access your Linux files in Powershell (but not CMD), thanks to a newly added 9P protocol file server which treats Windows as a client.

It's not perfect, and at the moment, it will only work while the distro is running, though there are plans to remove this requirement later in development. All Linux files are treated as a network resource.

Microsoft warns that if you don't follow this method, the corruption to your files could well still happen.

Microsoft has become increasingly patient and welcoming to Linux in recent years, despite cynicism in some quarters, with most major Linux distros now available to download from the Microsoft Store.

These don't have a UI, but for coders, they're a lifesaver, which makes it a lot easier for code written in Linux to run in Windows without a massive rewrite. µ
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Windows 10 Update KB4482887 Released With Performance Fix for Spectre Bug




Microsoft has released the Windows 10 KB4482887 cumulative update for build 1809 that includes numerous fixes including Retpoline Spectre mitigation, a fix for an annoying Action Center bug, and numerous other bug fixes.
This update is available to all Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809) users and can be installed through Windows Update. To install the update, simply go into Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update and then check for new updates.
KB4482887 Update
We have outlined the most important changes in the new Window 10 cumulative update below.
Retpoline Spectre v2 mitigations

In January 2018, Google disclosed CPU vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown that use speculative execution side channels to allow processes to access the memory of other programs that they would not normally have access to. This could allow malicious programs to steal data such a decryption keys, master passwords in password management programs, or sensitive emails that are being read from other program.
As these bugs are caused by the hardware design of CPUs, processor manufacturers had to release microcode updates that exposed instructions that could be used to mitigate these vulnerabilities. When Microsoft utilized these new CPU capabilities to release a Spectre fix, though, some users, especially those running older CPUs, found that the fixes caused a performance performance hit in Windows.
As explained by a new Microsoft article on retpoline, Microsoft has been working on a new fix that utilizes a mitigation called retpoline that was discovered by Google, which prevents a processor from entering "unsafe speculative execution".
"A full description of retpoline can be found here, but in short, retpoline works by replacing all indirect call or jumps in kernel-mode binaries with an indirect branch sequence that has safe speculation behavior."
While still not as fast as not using mitigations at all, Microsoft has stated that the retpoline mitigations are much faster than Microsoft's original fixes. In order to use these mitigiations users will need to be using an AMD processor or Intel Broadwell processors and earlier.
"This proves to be much faster than running all of kernel mode code with branch speculation restricted (IBRS set to 1). However, this construct is only safe to use on processors where the RET instruction does not speculate based on the contents of the indirect branch predictor. Those processors are all AMD processors as well as Intel processors codenamed Broadwell and earlier according to Intel’s whitepaper. Retpoline is not applicable to Skylake and later processors from Intel."
Retpoline mitigations have been tested using Windows 10 Insider builds since build 18272 and with this update have now been backported to Build 1809. The fixes will not be enabled immediately, but will be done so over the next few months in order to make sure new issues do not pop up when utilized publicly.
"Over the coming months, we will enable Retpoline as part of phased rollout via cloud configuration. Due to the complexity of the implementation and changes involved, we are only enabling Retpoline performance benefits for Windows 10, version 1809 and later releases."
Annoying Action Center bug fixed

With this update, Microsoft has finally fixed a bug that has been annoying Windows 10 October 2018 Update users for quite some time.
For some users, when they opened the Action Center it would appear briefly on the left side of the screen when opened and then move back to the right side.
Action Center Briefly on Left Side (Source: Reddit)
This bug was originally fixed in Windows 10 Insider builds and has now been backported to Winddows 10 build 1809.
Full Changelog

The full list of changes in this fix are included below.
  • Enables “Retpoline" for Windows on certain devices, which may improve performance of Spectre variant 2 mitigations (CVE-2017-5715). For more information, see our blog post, "Mitigating Spectre variant 2 with Retpoline on Windows".
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the Action Center to suddenly appear on the wrong side of the screen before appearing on the correct side.
  • Addresses an issue that may fail to save some inked content in a PDF in Microsoft Edge. This occurs if you erased some ink quickly after starting the inking session and then added more ink.
  • Addresses an issue that displays the media type as “Unknown” in the Server Manager for storage class memory (SCM) disks.
  • Addresses an issue with Remote Desktop access to Hyper-V Server 2019.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the republication BranchCache to take more space than it’s been assigned.
  • Addresses a performance issue when establishing a Remote Desktop connection from a web Remote Desktop client to Windows Server 2019.
  • Addresses a reliability issue that may cause the screen to remain black after resuming from Sleep if you close a laptop lid while disconnecting the laptop from a docking station.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the overwriting of file on a shared folder to fail because of an Access Denied error. This issue occurs when a filter driver is installed.
  • Enables peripheral role support for some Bluetooth radios.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause printing to PDF to fail during a Remote Desktop session. This issue occurs while attempting to save the file and redirect drives from the client system.
  • Addresses a reliability issue that may cause the main laptop screen to flash when resuming from Sleep. This issue occurs if the laptop is connected to a docking station that has an indirect display.
  • Addresses an issue that displays a black screen and causes a Remote Desktop session to stop responding when using certain VPN connections.
  • Updates time zone information for Chile.
  • Addresses an issue that fails to register USB cameras correctly for Windows Hello after the out of box experience (OOBE) setup.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents the Microsoft enhanced Point and Print compatibility driver from installing on Windows 7 clients.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Termservice to stop working when Remote Desktop is configured to use a hardware encoder for Advanced Video Coding (AVC).
  • Addresses an issue that locks a user account when you move applications to a shared platform using App-V.
  • Improves the reliability of the UE-VAppmonitor.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents App-V applications from starting and generates error 0xc0000225 in the log. Set the following DWORD to customize the maximum time for the driver to wait for a volume to be available:”HKLM\Software\Microsoft\AppV\MAV\Config uration\MaxAttachWaitTimeInMilliseconds”.
  • Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent some applications from displaying the Help (F1) window correctly.
  • Addresses an issue that causes flickering of the desktop and taskbar on Windows Server 2019 Terminal Server after using the User Profile Disk setup.
  • Addresses an issue that fails to update a user hive when you publish an optional package in a Connection Group after the Connection Group was previously published.
  • Improves performance related to case-insensitive string comparison functions such as _stricmp() in the Universal C Runtime.
  • Addresses a compatibility issue with parsing and playback of certain MP4 content.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs with the Internet Explorer proxy setting and the out of box experience (OOBE) setup. The initial logon stops responding after Sysprep.
  • Addresses an issue in which the desktop lock screen image set by a Group Policy will not update if the image is older than or has the same name as the previous image.
  • Addresses an issue in which the desktop wallpaper image set by a Group Policy will not update if the image has the same name as the previous image.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the TabTip.exe touchscreen keyboard to stop working in certain conditions. This issue occurs when you use the keyboard in a kiosk scenario after replacing the default shell.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the new Miracast connection banner to remain open after a connection is closed.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause virtual disks to go offline when upgrading a 2-node Storage Space Direct (S2D) cluster from Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019.
  • Addresses an issue that fails to recognize the first character of the Japanese Era name as an abbreviation and may cause date parsing issues.
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent Internet Explorer from loading images that have a backslash (\) in their relative source path.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 95 file format to randomly stop working.
  • Addresses an issue in Windows Server 2019 that causes input and output timeouts when querying for SMART Data using Get-StorageReliabilityCounter().
If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.
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This is our first look at Microsoft’s completely redesigned Edge browser for Windows



Gone are the days when Microsoft would be accused of anti-competitive practices because of the internet browser packaged with Windows. Internet Explorer is long dead too, and Google’s Chrome is now the most popular browser in the world, one that Microsoft is ready to emulate. Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with Edge, but the Windows 10 browser failed to really compete against Chrome. So Microsoft announced a few months ago that Edge would be rebuilt from the ground on top of the open-source Chromium project. And now we have the first images of what Microsoft’s Chrome-like Edge could look like.


The screenshots that NeoWin shared do suggest that Edge will look a lot like Chrome. But it’s still early days for the browser, and the design may be tweaked later down the line.




Image Source: NeoWin
As you can see in these images, the Edge browser has a few elements that will remind you of Chrome, including the profile picture and extensions collection — all of them are placed on the right side of the address bar. Favorites section on the address bar, as well as buttons including refresh, home, and navigation will also remind you of Chrome.
The new Settings menu is similar to what’s available on Chrome. You’ll find it in a new tab just like on Chrome, and then you’ll be able to access all the items you may be looking for.
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Microsoft, however, is working on new features of its own, including Bing integration, New Tab background based on the Bing image of the day, as well as a personalized news feed similar to what’s on Edge right now.
The new browser will also support the existing Edge extensions, that will be available from Microsoft’s own extension store. The current ones have been recompiled from their Chrome Web Store counterparts. The browser will also let users install extensions directly from Google.
Image Source: NeoWin
There’s no release date for the new Edge browser in sight, but if you’re curious about the project’s progress, you can always sign up for the beta program (at this link) and wait for the new version to become available.
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Microsoft: Windows 10 Will Auto-Uninstall Buggy Updates...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?


1 — Microsoft: Windows 10 can now automatically uninstall buggy updates.
If you have automatically downloaded Windows 10 updates that aren’t compatible with your device, there’s no need to worry. The company says Windows 10 can now remove “problematic updates” without requiring user interaction—a feature that aims to address updates with more severe incompatibility issues, specifically ones that prevent a Windows 10 PC from starting up. The OS will try to address the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates, but this ‘last resort’ will only be taken when all other automatic recovery attempts have failed. (Source: ZDNet)



Why this is important for your business:

Sometimes we put off upgrading to the most recent version of Windows because…hey, if it isn’t broke, why fix it, right? And let’s face it – sometimes those upgrades break more things than they fix. The fact is that upgrading whenever a new version is available is an important thing we need to do in order to protect against malware and data breaches. With this new feature I believe we can take more comfort in keeping current with our Windows upgrades. But…you try first, OK? Then let me know. (My company, The Marks Group PC is a Microsoft Partner).
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Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available as more of a service pack





A minor update that’s more like the traditional Windows service pack


Microsoft is releasing its latest Windows 10 November 2019 Update to devices today. While most of Microsoft’s significant Windows 10 updates usually come with a host of new features, this one is much more like the service packs you’d find with previous versions of Windows. Most of the changes are minor, and you won’t see a lot of them as they’re behind-the-scenes improvements focused on stability, performance, and more.


That doesn’t mean nothing has changed, though. The biggest changes can be found in the improvements that Microsoft is making to the notifications experience in Windows 10. This new November update has a manage notifications button in the notification center (Action Center) that leads to a better settings area where you can customize notifications. You’ll also be able to hover over notifications that appear and tap a settings button to permanently mute notifications from a particular app. Microsoft is even offering the ability to customize the number of notifications you see from apps.
Elsewhere, there are a few changes to the Start menu and task bar. You can now hover over the Start menu hamburger menu without having to click it, and you’ll also be able to add events to your calendar from the task bar. Microsoft is also updating the search functionality inside File Explorer. It’s now powered by the same Windows search backend as the Start menu, so you can find files on your local PC or even cloud storage on OneDrive.



Microsoft is starting to roll out the November 2019 Update to Windows 10 users today, and you can grab it directly from Windows Update by heading into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and checking for updates.
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Windows 10 update will leave YOU with a HUGE bill as Windows 7 end of life arrives

WINDOWS 7's end of life arrives this month, which means those who want to stay up-to-date will have to pay to upgrade their ageing hardware to Windows 10.





Microsoft has been warning us that this day would come. And now, it’s almost here. Windows 7 end of life lands on January 14, 2020. After that deadline, Windows users running older versions of the desktop operating system will face a difficult choice – cough-up for a hefty bill to upgrade to Windows 10, or brace themselves for some dangerous risks on their home PC.


By ending support for the ageing Windows 7 operating system, which was first launched back in July 2009, Microsoft will stop rolling-out updates with new features, security updates or protections against malware. That means any issues with the software – or any new vulnerabilities discovered by cybercriminals – can be leveraged from indefinitely. Less serious, perhaps – but this also means any annoying bugs or glitches that crop-up will also be immortalised in the operating system.




If you’d like to benefit from the latest security protections and anti-virus solutions from Microsoft, you’ll have to update your machine to an operating system the Redmond-based company does support – namely, Windows 10. Although Microsoft has offered free upgrades to users running official versions of its operating systems in the past, that’s not possible at the moment.


We’ve heard from a number of loyal readers who swear there are still ways to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for free using tools provided by Microsoft, however representatives from Microsoft tell us that its no-cost upgrade offer expired on July 29, 2016 and there is no officially sanctioned way to update your machine without paying.


The firm also says that for the vast majority of Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 preinstalled is the recommended path – not upgrading the operating system on the older hardware.


"Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight yet powerful, and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC over nine years ago," Microsoft said in an email sent to us.





If you’re still pretty fond of your old computer and don’t like the idea of upgrading the hardware simply to ensure that Microsoft supports the operating system that you’re using – it could be a costly update.


Those wanting to install Windows 10 Home edition on their current hardware will need to pay £119.99 which is licensed to one PC. And that's the cheapest available option.


The price to upgrade your PC spirals to £219.99 for Windows 10 Pro and a jaw-dropping £339 for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. If you’re thinking about using the money from your Christmas cards from nan for a bit of summer sun – think again. At £219.99 for the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft’s argument about moving to a new notebook, with all the benefits of a new display, trackpad, keyboard, and most importantly of all, battery – makes a little more sense.


It’s unclear whether the US company will offer any kind of price cuts, discounts or promotions nearer to the final deadline. But as of now, you’re looking down the barrel of a pretty hefty bill if you want to upgrade.


It’s worth noting that Microsoft does offer some concessions around its Windows 10 upgrade. For example, people with accessibility issues are able to upgrade to the new operating system, which offers better support and a number of new features designed to make using the software easier for these users, without paying the upgrade fee.


Explaining more about the end of Windows 7 and why it is no longer offering updates, the US firm said: "Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. "When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.


"The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.
"Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.


"You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft."
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Patch Windows 10 and Server now because certificate validation is broken

Crypto library bug allows spoofing of certificates, but no attacks in wild—yet.



Microsoft's scheduled security update for Windows includes a fix to a potentially dangerous bug that would allow an attacker to spoof a certificate, making it look like it came from a trusted source. The vulnerability, reported to Microsoft by the National Security Agency, affects Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server version 1803.


Microsoft has rated the update as "important" rather than critical. But in a blog post, Mechele Gruhn, the Principal Security Program Manager for Microsoft Security Response Center, explained that this was because "we have not seen it used in active attacks."


However, researchers outside Microsoft—including Google's Tavis Ormandy—have a much more dire assessment of the vulnerability and urge users to patch quickly before an active exploit appears.



The vulnerability is in the component of Windows' cryptography library that validates X.509 certificates, somehow bypassing the chain of trust used to validate the certificate. Microsoft's advisory on the vulnerability said that the bug could be used to fake the software-signing certificate on a malicious version of an application, making it look like it came from a trusted developer. However, the risk extends beyond just code-signing. A National Security Agency advisory indicates that the vulnerability could be used for man-in-the-middle attacks against secure HTTP (HTTPS) connections, as well, and to spoof signed files and emails.



It's possible to perform network-level protection against spoofed certificates using network devices that inspect TLS traffic—as long as they don't use Windows' certificate validation. But the NSA warned, "Rapid adoption of the patch is the only known mitigation at this time and should be the primary focus for all network owners."


Of course, there are plenty of other things that are more pressing, we know—like all those Citrix and Pulse Secure VPNs that haven't been patched yet.


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Kevin Beaumont @GossiTheDog



Now back to those hundreds of unpatched government SSL VPN boxes which are actively being exploited and drop you right inside the network and give you valid credentials.

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