Download Windows 8 RTM via MSDN and TechNet

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:12 Written by admin Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:58

The RTM Build of Windows 8 is now available for download via MSDN and TechNet. Remember, you have to own a paid MSDN or TechNet subscription in order to access the Windows 8 RTM bits, but if you do here are pages where you’ll find the download links:


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UPDATE 8/15/2012: It looks like the MSDN and TechNet servers weren’t able to deal with the number of subscribers crowding to download Windows 8 RTM. For the time being Windows 8 RTM downloads can no longer be accessed on MSDN and TechNet.

First thing that comes to mind is that Microsoft should have prepared better for this. But I have no doubts that the Redmond company is working to resolve the issue as I write this.

UPDATE: It looks like the download links are back up.

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Download Skype app for Windows Phone

Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2012 01:37 Written by admin Monday, 23 April 2012 01:37

Owners of Windows Phone devices can now download the official Skype app for Windows Phone via the Marketplace. There are no secrets as to what the Skype app for WP does, not that there should be. For those of you keeping track, the Beta Build of the Skype Windows Phone app was launched at the Mobile World Congress in February, 2012.
Here’s what you can do with the new application for WP:

* portrait mode video calling    
* support for joining audio conference calls    
* call-in-progress notifications    
* block and unblock contacts    
* add new contacts

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December 2011 Microsoft Security Patches Fix 19 Vulnerabilities

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 01:43 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 13 December 2011 01:43

There can be no better course of action than to deploy the December 2011 security bulletins from Microsoft as fast as possible. There are a total of 13 patch packages released, three of which rated Critical, severity-wise. All in all, they patch no less than 19 vulnerabilities.

Customers should plan to install all of these updates as soon as possible. For those who must prioritize deployment, we recommend focusing first on these critical updates:

  • MS11-092 – Windows Media: Vulnerability In Windows Media Could Allow Remote Code Execution
  • MS11-087 – Windows: Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Why 13 bulletins and not 14, as we stated in the ANS announcement on Thursday? After that announcement, we discovered an apps-compatibility issue between one bulletin-candidate and a major third-party vendor. We’re currently working with that vendor to address the issue on their platform, after which we’ll issue the bulletin as appropriate. As ever, we’d much rather withdraw a potential bulletin than ship something that might inconvenience customers, however limited that inconvenience in scope. The issue addressed in that bulletin, which we have been monitoring and against which we have seen no active attacks in the wild, was discussed in Security Advisory 2588513.

In the video below, Jerry Bryant discusses this month’s bulletins in further detail.

As always, we recommend that customers deploy all security updates as soon as possible. Below is our deployment priority guidance to further assist customers in their deployment planning (click for larger view).

Deployment Priority

Our risk and impact graph shows an aggregate view of this month’s severity and exploitability index (click for larger view).

Exploitability Index

You can find more information about this month’s security updates on the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary web page.

Per our usual process, we’ll offer the monthly technical webcast on Wednesday, hosted by Jerry Bryant and Jonathan Ness. I invite you to tune in and learn more about the December security bulletins, as well as other announcements made today. The webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11 A.M. PST. Click here to register.

Thanks, Angela Gunn Trustworthy Computing.

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