This month, Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates tackle fixes for 53 security bugs in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Edge, ASP.NET Core, .NET Core, and its Chackra Core browser engine.
Fluent Design is finally arriving to Windows 10
Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its Fluent Design System, a new design language for the Windows 10 interface, announcing at the same time a number of changes to the company’s software in the future. This week, the Redmond company has finally rolled out the first phase of the new system, as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
The launch has been accompanied by a video showcasing some of the new design changes to Windows 10, although it doesn’t reveal much information about any of the future additions. The video offers a sneak peek of various components and apps that have been redesigned with new visual effects that aim to give Windows 10 more texture, depth and visual responsiveness to inputs. The new Fluent Design will roll out gradually, starting with its own apps and elements like the Start menu, Action Center and notifications. Microsoft has stated that these are just the first steps of the project and that new features and capabilities will be introduced in the future.
Fluent Design System is designed to be the successor to Microsoft’s Metro design and will appear across apps and services on Windows, iOS and Android. Microsoft is focusing on light, depth, motion and scale, with animations that add a sense of fluidity during interactions, in contrast to the minimalistic, tile-based interface of the past. Besides incorporating the first phase of Fluent Design System, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update also introduces OneDrive Files On-Demand, a new feature that allows users to access their documents without having to download them. Microsoft Edge has also been improved, incorporating a new tool to manage Favorites and the ability to import settings from Chrome. Finally, the operating system includes a new GPU monitoring option in the Task Manager.
More new features yet to come
We’re expecting to see even more changes in the next Windows 10 update, which is currently in development under the codename Redstone 4. Microsoft has started testing the initial features for this version, which is scheduled for March 2018. The main addition so far is a new Cortana Collections feature, which will see and remember users’ browsing habits. As Microsoft finishes its functionality tests, new information will be unveiled about the new improvements, in addition to a new Timeline feature that will let users resume sessions and apps on Windows PCs, iOS and Android devices more easily.
This update does not affect the operation of the Windows 10-compatible antivirus solutions available on the market, including the entire Panda Antivirus product line. So, installing a professional antivirus tool is not only possible, but highly recommended. In this context, the latest version of Panda’s antivirus solutions has the added guarantee of having achieved one of the best detection rates in the latest edition of the AV-Comparatives professional antivirus comparative review.
Microsoft releases a total of 57 security patches, part of its July Patch Tuesday, with 20 rated critical.
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Till now there are three options (Basic, Enhanced, Full) for Windows 10 users to
You might have heard the latest news about Microsoft blocking new security patches and updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users running the latest processors from Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, and others.
Don’t panic, this new policy doesn’t mean that all Windows 7 and 8.1 users will not be able to receive latest updates in general because Microsoft has promised to support Windows 7 until 2020,
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The latest version of the Microsoft OS has become once again a topic of discussion, and this time it may carry bad news for your company’s security. As the cybersecurity expert Sami Laiho revealed on his blog, every Windows 10 update poses a serious risk. Namely, while your system updates, anyone can take control of your corporate computers.
“This is a big issue and it has been there for a long time,” explains Laiho. This serious flaw comes into play when the OS restarts after installing a new update. Once the system is being updated, all you need to do to gain control of it is to push Shift-F10 to access the command prompt with admin level clearance.
In light of this, the dangers that your company faces are multifaceted. Indeed, any employee can take control of their computer as administrator, access confidential documents, or access the corporate network and create a serious problem from within the company itself.
Laiho points out that it is not necessary to use any specific software to carry out this cyberattack. Just that innocent combination of keys is enough to sow chaos. As if that wasn’t enough, the threat is not limited to those who have physical access to the computer: “An external threat having access to a computer waits for it to start an upgrade to get into the system,” explains Laiho.
Microsoft is apparently working to fix this serious flaw. Meanwhile, the most important thing to prevent threats is to rely on an adequate security solution, and not to postpone Windows 10’s tedious updates.
Forget about how long the update takes. Ideally you would authorize it immediately and stay with the computer at all times. This is the only way to be sure that no bystanders take the driver’s seat of your computer. It is obviously very important to explain this to employees.
In the meantime, we’ll have to trust that they will not commandeer the system themselves and wait for Microsoft to resolve this critical vulnerability.