MS12-063 Cumulative Security Update for IE; Microsoft Message Analyzer Beta; Lync App for Windows 8 and RT; Project Code Name Austin Windows 8 App

Security Update MS12-063 address limited attacks against a small number of computers through a vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 9 and earlier. With this update, Microsoft Internet Explorer jumped to version 9.0.10.In addition to addressing the issue described in Security Advisory 2757760, MS12-063 also resolves four privately disclosed vulnerabilities that are currently not being exploited.The […]

Security Update MS12-063 address limited attacks against a small number of computers through a vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 9 and earlier. With this update, Microsoft Internet Explorer jumped to version 9.0.10.

In addition to addressing the issue described in Security Advisory 2757760, MS12-063 also resolves four privately disclosed vulnerabilities that are currently not being exploited.

The video below given an overview of this bulletin release:

In other Microsoft news, Microsoft Message Analyzer Beta is a successor of Network Monitor but does much more than a network sniffer or packet tracing tool. Microsoft intends to a mid-2013 RTM.

To capture at the NDIS and Firewall layers without running as admin, you must log off and back on after installation to pick up the necessary credentials.

The key capabilities include:

  • Integrated "live" event and message capture at various system levels and endpoints
  • Parsing and validation of protocol messages and sequences
  • Automatic parsing of event messages described by ETW manifests
  • Summarized grid display - top level is "operations", (requests matched with responses)
  • User controlled "on the fly" grouping by message attributes
  • Ability to browse for logs of different types (.cap, .etl, .txt) and import them together
  • Automatic re-assembly and ability to render payloads
  • Ability to import text logs, parsing them into key element/value pairs
  • Support for "Trace Scenarios" (one or more message providers, filters, and views)

Sign up for the beta on Microsoft Connect site.

Microsoft plans to release a touch-centric Lync application (formerly "Lync 2013 MX"), which will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs and tablets on Windows Store.

The app work beautifully on the broad range of new Windows devices launching in the months ahead. But, Microsoft has no word when this new Lync app will be available, according to a September 20 Lync team blog post.

"The new Lync App - which will be available in the Windows Store in late October and will be compatible with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Server 2013 - is Lync re-imagined for the new Windows Experience, and optimized for touch, providing fast, natural, hands-on control of your communications," explained the team.

Microsoft shows off Lync app for Windows 8 and Windows RT

The new Lync App is a unified client integrating voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and instant messaging in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use client. It "is Lync re-imagined for the new Windows Experience."

"I've been using the new Lync App for the last few months, and it's amazing - multiparty simultaneous HD video, one-touch Lync Meeting join, and an awesome snapped/filled view multitasking experience, just to name a few," the official stated.

This touch-centric version of Lync app was not released as part of the Office 2013 Customer Preview in July.

Lync is Microsoft's unified communications family of products. Lync offers enterprise instant messaging, VOIP and conferencing. In addition to the desktop client, the server and the new Windows 8/Windows RT Lync app, there also are versions of the Lync client for a variety of smartphone platforms and a browser-based Lync web app.

Also, Microsoft's Visual C++ team has built a Windows 8 app that takes much of its inspiration and code from Microsoft's never-realized Courier dual-screen tablet.

The app allows users to add pages to a notebook, delete or move them, use digital ink to write or draw and add photos. Notes created in Austin can be shared with other Windows 8 apps, like e-mail and SkyDrive. Users can choose different types of "paper" and view the pages in a variety of ways, including leafing through them like a paper book.

Project Code Name Austin Windows 8 app

"We built Austin with two main goals in mind. First, we wanted to build a fully functional real-world app that's actually useful and high quality. Second, we wanted to demonstrate the power of C++ and the Window 8 platform, and showcase some of the new technologies delivered by our team in Visual Studio 2012, such as C++ AMP and automatic code vectorization. We wanted to use DirectX to create an immersive, fluid user interface that's built as a 3D scene with lights, shadows, and a camera so that pages can be viewed from different angles," blogged Visual C++ developer Jorge Pereira.

The team didn't try to compete with OneNote digital note-taking app, but they did take "much of the inspiration and code" from Courier tablert. "We believe in the beautiful simplicity of just a pen and a piece of paper, and that's what we tried to recreate with it. Much of the inspiration and code for the Austin app draws from an earlier project code-named Courier," Pereira wrote.

Austin's code is structured with common functions grouped in a library, which the team has codenamed "Baja."

There's no word in the entry, about when and if the team plans to make its app available in the Windows Store. A Microsoft spokesperson said the Visual C++ team had "nothing more to share" as to whether, when or how Project Austin will be available to Windows 8 and Windows RT users.