June 2013 Windows Phone Toolkit; Xbox One Update; New 'Bounty Program'

Xbox One connectivity, licensing requirements updates. Microsoft 'bounty program' cash for finding vulnerabilities. Setting up Client Hyper-V in Windows 8. June 2013 Windows Phone Toolkit.

June 2013 update for the Windows Phone Toolkit comes added localization support for all 51 countries or regions supported in Windows Phone 8.

The update also fixed top issues reported for the October 2012 release.

Instead of an MSI-based installer, you get the June 2013 update for the toolkit from NuGet, or by compiling directly from source code.

Here are some details for downloading and installing the toolkit:"

  • If you have Visual Studio 2012 installed, congratulations, you already have NuGet!
  • If you don't already have NuGet installed, go to http://nuget.org and install the NuGet Visual Studio extension.
  • Be sure that you have NuGet version 2.1 or later for Windows Phone 8 projects.
  • After you have NuGet installed, install the Windows Phone Toolkit package from http://nuget.org/packages/wptoolkit.
  • Optionally, you can download the source and compile the assembly yourself.
  • If you're compiling the source yourself, you'll also need the Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012 to avoid warnings that the localized .resx files are missing," explains Windows Phone Dev team.

The Xbox team announced today that it's making some big updates to Xbox One in response to feedback from customers.

"…today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360," wrote Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.

Here is what that means:

  • "An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games - After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today - There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360," explains Mattrick.

Joining Google, Microsoft introduced a new "Bounty Program" offering hackers, researchers, cash to those who report certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques in return of lending their skills.

The new bounty program, "will offer up to $100,000 for identifying a "truly novel exploitation" built into the Windows 8.1 Preview and up to $11,000 for critical vulnerabilities that affect Internet Explorer 11 Preview on the latest version of Windows," informs MSRC.

Check out here for details on the bounty program.

The following programs will launch on June 26, 2013: "

  • Mitigation Bypass Bounty. Microsoft will pay up to $100,000 USD for truly novel exploitation techniques against protections built into the latest version of our operating system (Windows 8.1 Preview). Learning about new exploitation techniques earlier helps Microsoft improve security by leaps, instead of capturing one vulnerability at a time as a traditional bug bounty alone would. TIMEFRAME: ONGOING
  • BlueHat Bonus for Defense. Additionally, Microsoft will pay up to $50,000 USD for defensive ideas that accompany a qualifying Mitigation Bypass submission. Doing so highlights our continued support of defensive technologies and provides a way for the research community to help protect more than a billion computer systems worldwide. TIMEFRAME: ONGOING (in conjunction with the Mitigation Bypass Bounty).
  • Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty. Microsoft will pay up to $11,000 USD for critical vulnerabilities that affect Internet Explorer 11 Preview on the latest version of Windows (Windows 8.1 Preview). The entry period for this program will be the first 30 days of the Internet Explorer 11 beta period (June 26 to July 26, 2013). Learning about critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer as early as possible during the public preview will help Microsoft make the newest version of the browser more secure. TIMEFRAME: 30 DAYS," the MSRC wrote.

Microsoft and automotive technology companies "Audiovox, Continental, Harman and LG Automotive" signed a patent licensing agreements for the use of Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) file system.

"exFAT technology allows automotive technology companies to meet increasing consumer demand for connected cars that let drivers and passengers transport media between all their favorite devices -- even their automobiles. exFAT has the ability to facilitate large files for audiovisual media and enable seamless data portability between electronic devices."

Windows 8 is the first Windows client operating system to include hardware virtualization support without the need for separate downloads or installs through a new feature called Client Hyper-V.

""Client Hyper-V" is the same technology as used in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, so you can move VMs from server to client, and won't need to re-learn how to use Hyper-V features and tools," explains Microsoft.

"Virtual Machines (VMs) are great for a wide variety of tasks including running different operating systems or software configurations on a single machine."

To run Client Hyper-V you need: "Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise; 64 bit Operating System; 64 bit processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT); BIOS-level Hardware Virtualization support; and at least 4GB system ram."

If you are running 64-bit Windows 8 and meet the hardware requirements listed above, check this overview of Client Hyper-V in Windows 8, that guide you through the process of configuring Hyper-V and creating/running VMs.

Setting up Client Hyper-V in Windows 8