Saturday, September 22, 2012

Flash Vulnerability in IE10 on Windows 8

Today, Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported editions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. The update addresses the vulnerability in Adobe
Flash Player by updating the affected Adobe Flash libraries contained within Internet Explorer 10.  Technology mitigation is listed as:
  • In a web-based attack scenario where the user is using Internet Explorer 10 for the desktop, an attacker could host a website that contains a web page that is used to exploit any of these vulnerabilities.
  • Internet Explorer 10 in the Windows 8-style UI will only play Flash content from sites listed on the Compatibility View (CV) list. This restriction requires an attacker to first compromise a website already listed in the CV list. An attacker could then host specially crafted Flash content designed to exploit any of these vulnerabilities through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.
  • By default, all supported versions of Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Mail open HTML email messages in the Restricted sites zone.
  • By default, Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2012 runs in a restricted mode that is known as Enhanced Security Configuration.  This mode can help reduce the likelihood of exploitation by these vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10

More info at:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Win8 App in 30 days

Windows 8 seeks to re-imagine the Microsoft OS experience with a focus on connectivity, users, mobile PCs, and the cloud. "Fast and fluid" is the soul of Windows 8. No more prompts or questions, simply tap a tile - the Windows UI showcases only what you need.

For developers, Windows 8 brings new opportunities... and new techniques to learn and use in your apps, from Windows-style design to coding apps with web technologies to the marketplace.

I came across an interesting site, which helps the developer to build a Windows 8 App in 30 days.  The developement portal contains:

  • Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development.
  • Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect.
  • An exclusive one-on-one Windows Store design consultation.
  • An opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

You can visit at

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Microsoft New Logo

It’s been 25 years since Microsoft updated its logo and now is the perfect time for a change. This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products. From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to the next version of Office, you will see a common look and feel across these products providing a familiar and seamless experience on PCs, phones, tablets and TVs. 

The logo has two components: the logotype and the symbol. For the logotype, Microsoft uses the Segoe font which is the same font for their marketing communications. The symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products. The symbol is important in a world of digital motion.  In that dimension, the symbol represents Windows8 new Tile based User Interface (UI).

It reflects Microsoft's branding milestone towards Windows8 product suit releases.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Windows8 Updates

It's happened to all of us at one time or another; you're halfway through some work when Windows Update informs you that it's about to restart your computer to install an update. Sure, you can delay it for fifteen minutes, but at the back of your mind you know you're going to have to stop what you're doing, close down your programs and restart. It's a pain.

But now Microsoft has made it easier to update without interrupting your work. In Windows 8 Windows Update or WU will happen once a month.

If you haven't restarted your machine within these three days, your computer will give you a standard 15 minute warning that it is about to restart. 

When it comes to restarting, you will notice that you now have new options: 'Update and restart' is shown 'immediately after the update occurs.  Isn't it cool?  I'm sure we can all cope with that.