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We want you as an Insider to be among the first to hear today's announcement about our January 21 event. We'll share more about the Windows vision and the great features and benefits of Windows 10. We'll be livestreaming portions of the event, and Blogging Windows will be carrying blog posts that you'll want to see. Use the Insider Hub app (more on that below) and keep reading these emails to stay current – and mark your calendar!
The Insider Hub app
Included in the latest build (9879) is the new Insider Hub app. The Insider Hub is your one-stop shop for all the latest news and announcements regarding the Insider Program.
Going forward, there may be news items that will be shared only through the Insider Hub. So be sure to check it frequently for new information, including notices about new features ready for you to test drive. In the Insider Hub we'll also post missions, for you to try out new features and then send us feedback.
The Insider Hub isn't pinned to your Start menu/Start screen so you'll need to find it (and pin it!). Open it at least once so you'll receive notifications from the app on important news and announcements.
If you’re running Windows 10 Technical Preview on your computer, there’s no need to worry that you might lose all your files when the stable build of the OS comes out as Microsoft is working to make it possible to upgrade to RTM when it becomes available.
Gabriel Aul, the Microsoftie who always keeps us up to date with everything related to Windows 10, revealed in a short tweet a couple of hours ago that upgrades to RTM from the Technical Preview branch were very likely to be possible next year.
And still, nothing is sure right now because Aul points out that this is Microsoft’s “intent,” so in case something goes wrong until Windows 10 development is completed, this plan could change.
Back in late September, when Microsoft presented Windows 10 Technical Preview for the first time, the company explained that upgrades to the stable version of the operating system wouldn’t be possible, but it turns out that engineers are now hard at work to implement such options.
And this isn’t all. On the official Windows Technical Preview website, Microsoft explains that the TP build of Windows 10 expires on April 15, 2015, which means that those running it on their computers won’t be allowed to log into their operating systems after this date.
Could this be an indication that RTM might ship before April 15? It could be, but sources close to Microsoft’s development plans have indicated that the company is actually planning to ship Windows 10 in mid-2015, so the April 15 deadline might not be met.
Microsoft also warns on its website that if you install Windows 10 Technical Preview, you’re not allowed to go back to your previous operating system unless you want to format the partition and perform a clean installation.
“After you install Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise, you won't be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your preview version of Windows. A clean installation of your former operating system will be required, and you will need to re-install all of your programs and data,” the company explains.
Obviously, there’s no doubt that an option that would allow the upgrade from Technical Preview to RTM would really come in handy to users who agreed to install this early build on their computers, but it remains to be seen if this feature is indeed implemented in the new operating system or not before the April 15 deadline.
Microsoft has released an out of band Critical Security Update for most versions of Windows which could allow an attacker to take control, of everything.
and I quote...
What might an attacker use the vulnerability to do?
An attacker could use this vulnerability to elevate an unprivileged domain user account to a domain administrator account. An attacker that successfully exploited this vulnerability could impersonate any user on the domain, including domain administrators, and join any group. By impersonating the domain administrator, the attacker could install programs; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts on any domain-joined system.
How could an attacker exploit the vulnerability?
An authenticated domain user could send the Kerberos KDC a forged Kerberos ticket which claims the user is a domain administrator. Kerberos KDC improperly validates the forged ticket signature when processing requests from the attacker, allowing the attacker to access any resource on the network with the identity of a domain administrator.
What systems are primarily at risk from the vulnerability?
Domain controllers that are configured to act as a Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) are primarily at risk.
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Kerberos KDC that could allow an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account.
An attacker could use these elevated privileges to compromise any computer in the domain, including domain controllers.
An attacker must have valid domain credentials to exploit this vulnerability. The affected component is available remotely to users who have standard user accounts with domain credentials; this is not the case for users with local account credentials only. When this security bulletin was issued, Microsoft was aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.
This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The update is also being provided on a defense-in-depth basis for all supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
so without further ado, get patching !
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-068 - Critical
Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to the insiders, you can get it by updating Windows 10 by clicking on the Start menu and type Windows Update Settings which will bring up the below
when Windows Update Settings opens up, click the Windows Update back arrow as shown above,
then select Preview Builds
change from Slow to Fast to get builds quicker than normal if you don't mind more bugs
then click on Check Now followed by Download Now
and off it goes downloading...
click on Install Now when it's finished downloading
Few golden geese in technology have survived as long as Office has for Microsoft. The suite of applications that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, first released in 1990, generated nearly a third of Microsoft's revenue during its last fiscal year — about $26 billion of $87 billion in total. By some estimates, the software accounted for an even higher portion of the company's gross profits.
But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world's largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets will do most of the most essential things people normally do with the computer versions of the product.
Just a few years ago, giving away a full free version of Office would have earned a Microsoft chief executive a visit from a witch doctor. Now, the move is following through on the rallying cry coming from Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new chief executive, who has pushed cloud and mobile computing as lodestars for the company's future.
The old Microsoft hemmed and hawed about creating Office apps for mobile platforms from Google and Apple, pushing its Windows platform instead. But the center of gravity in the tech industry has quickly shifted to mobile and cloud computing. Power players like Apple and Google and many of the most successful new start-ups now offer free software, often with premium perks for sale.
read more > http://www.cnbc.com/id/102159969#.
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