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Windows 10 May 2019 Update Now Available for Everyone

Microsoft today has officially taken the wraps off Windows 10 1903 and made it widely available. Those that want it right away can perform the “Check for Updates” procedure in the Windows 10 settings area. Beginning today, the May 2019 Update is available for customers who would like to install the latest release. If you are ready to install the update, open your Windows Update setting...

Microsoft Delivers Generation 2 Virtual Machines to Azure Public Preview

Microsoft has now delivered its next generation of virtual machines into public preview for Azure customers. This update brings the ability to… Build large virtual machines (up to 12TB) Provision OS disks sizes that exceed 2TB, and Leverage advanced security capabilities like SecureBoot and Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) to secure their Virtual Machines. To build the update virtual m...

Microsoft Releases Edge Insider Canary Build for Mac

As promised, Microsoft today has started its unveil of its latest Edge browser for Mac. Today, the Canary channel is available, but the Dev channel is reportedly planned very soon. Canary is the channel that is updated daily – meaning users will probably experience the most bugs but also get the latest features first. Dev is updated weekly, and Beta gets update every 6 weeks. Mac users can d...

Over the Weekend Microsoft Fixes Internet Explorer for UK Sites

Microsoft delivered a weekend update for users affected by an introduced bug. This bug, brought on by this month’s regular security updates, kept certain UK government websites from being accessed. This update for Internet Explorer 11 includes the quality improvements from KB4498206, in addition to these key changes: Addresses an issue that may prevent access to some gov.uk websites that don...

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect Update Fixes Security Vulnerability

You might have noticed on Microsoft’s download site that Azure Active Directory Connect received an update, but unless you were also reading through this month’s security announcements you may have missed the reason for the update. Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect has a severe elevation of privilege vulnerability for which there is no mitigation nor workaround other than just i...

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer Gets a Long Overdue Version Bump, Adds Supported Platforms

The first version of the Attack Surface Analyzer was released way back in 2012, so it was due for a big update. The new version (2.0), supports Windows, Linux, and macOS and is also now available as an open source project on GitHub. ASA 2.0 scans to detect changes in the following items: File System User Accounts System Services Network Ports (listeners) System Certificate Stores Windows Registry ...

Addressing the Disclosed MDS Vulnerability for Azure VMs

A recently disclosed vulnerability affects many modern processors and operating systems including Intel, AMD, and ARM. Referred to as “speculative execution side-channel attacks,” this serious vulnerability can allow attackers to read privileged data across trust boundaries. Microsoft Azure platforms are fully protected and mitigation has already been deployed. However, customers manag...

Microsoft Cracks the Azure AD Password Character Barrier

Microsoft cloud-based AD schema and identity technology has come closer to matching its on-premises counterpart. The company has now officially removed the 16 character password limit for Azure AD. From Azure PM, Alex Simons… Many of you have been reminding us that we still have a 16-character password limit for accounts created in Azure AD. While our on-premises Windows AD allows longer pas...

Microsoft Patches Severe Bug in Remote Desktop Services

One of the more critical security holes that Microsoft is patching this month is one in its Remote Desktop Services. Today Microsoft released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability, CVE-2019-0708, in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – that affects some older versions of Windows. The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) itself is not vulnerable. This vulnerab...

What’s Old is New Again – PowerToys for Windows are Back, But with an Opensource Flair

Back in the day, PowerToys were all the rage for Windows users. PowerToys were a set of freeware system utilities for power users, that were actually developed by Microsoft. Yet…they weren’t vetted as strictly as “official” apps similar to how utilities and apps are being developed through Microsoft Garage efforts today. From the GitHub page: PowerToys is a set of utilities...

Office Update KB4462238 Causes Apps to Freeze When Clicking Hyperlinks

Microsoft rolled out its normal fare of first-Tuesday Office updates this week. However, one of those updates, KB4462238, causes problems. After this update is installed, clicking a hyperlink in an Office application, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook, may cause the application to stop working.  Microsoft recommends uninstalling the update if the problem is experienced. Knowing Microsoft...

Non-security Microsoft Office Updates for May 2019 Now Available

Microsoft’s monthly updates for Office – the one’s that generally kick-off each month on the 1st Tuesday – are now available. These are updates for fixing bugs and adding features, and not necessarily to solve security woes. Here’s whats’s available now… Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 KB4464524 Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Office 2013 KB...