Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:59:00 -0800

A Windows expert this week urged Microsoft to put its money where its mouth is and produce a status dashboard or website that reports and tracks problems with the operating system.

Coincidentally or not, on Wednesday Microsoft said it would launch a “Windows update status dashboard,” but did not name a timetable except for a broad “in the coming year.”

“I can go to this page and see if something happening with Office 365 is just a me thing or if everyone else is seeing the same,” said Susan Bradley in a Nov. 13 email reply to questions, referring to the Office 365 Admin Center. (Note: Only those with administrative credentials have access; it’s not meant to provide information to end users.) “(But) if I want to find out if something is a known issue with Windows 10, I have to dig through – and monitor for changes – these pages,” she continued, listing two separate support documents for one such known issue.

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BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:08:00 -0800

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Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox

Credit to Author: Windows Defender Research| Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:10:18 +0000

Windows Defender Antivirus has hit a new milestone: the built-in antivirus capabilities on Windows can now run within a sandbox. With this new development, Windows Defender Antivirus becomes the first complete antivirus solution to have this capability and continues to lead the industry in raising the bar for security. Putting Windows Defender Antivirus in a

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Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 06:45:00 -0700

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Microsoft Patch Alert: October’s been a nightmare

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:30:00 -0700

This month’s bad patches made headlines. Lots of headlines. For good reason.

You have my sympathy if you clicked “Check for updates” and got all of the files in your Documents and Photos folders deleted. Even if you didn’t become a “seeker” (didn’t manually check for updates) your month may have been filled with blue screens, odd chicken-and-egg errors, and destroyed audio drivers — and Edge and your UWP (“Metro” Store) apps might have been kicked off the internet.

You didn’t need to lift a finger.

Worst Windows 10 rollout ever

Hard to believe that Windows 10 version rollouts could get any worse, but this month hit the bottom of a nearly bottomless barrel. Some folks who clicked “Check for updates” wound up with a brand spanking new copy of Win10 version 1809 — and all of the files in their Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos and other folders disappeared. I have a series of articles on that topic, arranged chronologically:

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What the heck is it with Windows updates?

Credit to Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols| Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 03:00:00 -0700

To help make life better for you, my loyal readers, I suffer by running Windows 7 and 10 on two harmless — never hurt anyone in their lives — PCs. Well, I did. But, in the last week I ran into not one, but two, showstopper update bugs.

First, on Windows 10, I was one of those “lucky” people who had files vaporize when I “updated” to Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). Because I only use Windows for trivial tasks, I didn’t lose anything valuable when the patch decided to erase everything in the My Documents folder.

Somehow, I think most Windows users use Windows for more important work than I do. I hope you have current backups. At least Computerworld’s Woody Leonhard has some good news: You can get those deleted files back.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: Despite weird timing, September’s Windows and Office patches look good

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:40:00 -0700

As we near the end of patching’s “C Week” (which is to say, the week that contains the third Tuesday of the month), there are no show-stopping bugs in the Windows and Office patches and just a few gotchas. As long as you avoid Microsoft’s patches for Intel’s Meltdown/Spectre bugs, you should be in good shape.

Why a Patch Monday?

On Sept. 17, Microsoft released two very-out-of-band cumulative updates for Windows 10:

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Microsoft’s September patches fix a raft of serious bugs

Credit to Author: Andrew Brandt| Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:00:07 +0000

Updates for Windows and Mac users resolve more than five dozen software vulnerabilities<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/HBOC9eD3Jfo” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Why Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever

Credit to Author: Fahmida Y. Rashid| Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:40:00 -0700

Three years after its debut, Windows 10 is poised to overtake Windows 7 as the most popular version of the Windows operating system. Microsoft introduced virtualization-based security features – namely Device Guard and Credential Guard – in Windows 10, and in subsequent updates, has added other virtualization-based protections to the operating system.

Microsoft tackled the two biggest challenge for enterprises with Windows 10, password management and protecting the operating system from attackers. Windows Defender was renamed Windows Security in 2017 and now includes anti-malware and threat detection, firewall and network security, application and browser controls, device and account security, and device health. Windows Security shares status information between Microsoft 365 services and interoperates with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Microsoft’s cloud-based forensic analysis tool.

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