Security Update for Windows 8 and Windows RT Due Next Tuesday; WOWZAPP 2012 Kicks Off; Xbox 360 Lead U.S. Console Market

Microsoft's November 2012 advance notification announces six bulletins to fix 19 CVEs --"the four Critical-rated updates will address 13 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and the .NET Framework," MSCRC stated. "One bulletin rated Important will address four vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and finally, one Moderate update will address two issues in Microsoft Windows."Also, as […]

Microsoft's November 2012 advance notification announces six bulletins to fix 19 CVEs --"the four Critical-rated updates will address 13 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and the .NET Framework," MSCRC stated.

"One bulletin rated Important will address four vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and finally, one Moderate update will address two issues in Microsoft Windows."

Also, as part of "Patch Tuesday" this month, Windows 8 and Windows RT will receive the first batch of updates.

Microsoft hasn't provide specific details about the bugs, but "three fixes are aimed at 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 8. And, in addition, Windows RT, will get two different updates, one flagged as critical and another one rated "important.""

Also, a French security company VUPEN, found that the Windows RT patches could very well address a bug that unexpectedly mutes the sound of the Surface whenever consumers are using the Touch Cover.

Also, Microsoft today kicked off WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows, the first simultaneous global hackathon for students, startups and professional developers in the company's history -- "where participants will work together for 48 hours, creating Windows Store apps for consumers to enjoy, building off the momentum of the release of Windows 8."

"More than 100 locations across five continents will hold weekend-long hackathons for students and other participants to create apps for the Windows ecosystem.

Microsoft alos revealed that it has sold "more than 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the three days following its launch on Oct. 26."

A complete list of participating locations is posted at http://www.WOWZAPP2012.com.

Xbox 360 continued maintaining its lead in the U.S. console market in October- marking the 22nd consecutive month as the top-selling console.

October 2012 U.S. NPD highlights include:

  • "Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units in October, more units than any other console, and held 56 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S. This marks the 20th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has held more than a 40 percent share of current-generation console sales in the U.S.
  • Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $315 million. Consumers spent more on Xbox 360 products in October than they spent on the other two current-generation consoles combined," informs Microsoft.