Critical Updates for Windows 8, IE10; Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica Helps Customers Survive Hurricane Sandy; Microsoft to Build Touch-speech-enabled Business Intelligence Tool

Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the December 2012 security updates. "On Tuesday, December 11 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 7 bulletins that will address issues in Microsoft Windows, Word, Windows Server and Internet Explorer," wrote MSRC.Microsoft announced that the seven security updates releasing as part of Dec Patch […]

Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the December 2012 security updates. "On Tuesday, December 11 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 7 bulletins that will address issues in Microsoft Windows, Word, Windows Server and Internet Explorer," wrote MSRC.

Microsoft announced that the seven security updates releasing as part of Dec Patch Tuesday will address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows 2012.

Five of the seven patches are critical, while two of them are important. The majority of these patches deal with remote code execution, while one of the patches deals with a security feature bypass.

In other news, "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V replica helps customers survive disaster of the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy when it bore down ferociously on New York City."

"A Microsoft partner WorkITsafe helped two customers upgrade to the Windows Server 2012 operating system with the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result, their IT systems experienced minimal interruption as the hurricane flooded the surrounding area and required employees to hunker down at home," posted WorkITsafe President Steve Rubin in a blog post telling how Windows Server 2012 protected his customers' businesses--and has the potential to protect many more.

Windows 8's Start Screen has been often described as a confusing UI improvement, but if the two video clips below to be believed the Start Screen is actually a pretty helpful feature.

The videos demonstrating the Windows 8 Physician Rounds app and the Nurse Rounds app making the most of the Windows 8 Start Screen, by showing relevant information right in the live tiles, thus providing essential details without actually requiring users to launch the Modern apps.

Microsoft's SQL Server Business Intelligence plan to bring touch and speech input to a still-unannounced product known as InfoNavigator, according to a Microsoft job posting for a software development engineer in test, "was an incubation project funded by Chairman Bill Gates' office, which is now "transforming into a reality.""

Here's how the job posting describes the coming InfoNavigator product (via):

"Imagine a product that combines the lightning-fast performance of the VertiPaq analytics engine, the amazing data visualizations of PowerView, and the next generation of user experiences powered by natural language, touch and speech to enable a rich information navigation experience that is seamlessly integrated with our customer's existing enterprise assets."

Update: As the Christmas season gets into full swing, Microsoft inspired by the twelve days of Christmas and the recent launch of Windows 8, posted a Christmas tree "Microsoft Advertising's 8 days of Christmas," showcasing 8 company's solutions and devices --starting Monday Dec 10th and for every working day until Wednesday December 19th.

Microsoft Advertising 8 days of Christmas Tree