Microsoft is now ready to abandon the traditional "service pack" starting with the upcoming Windows 8.1, as the Tami Reller during the JP Morgan Technology & Media Conference in Boston, said that "Windows 8.1 shouldn't be considered a service pack."
"It's just a Windows 8 update," she said, suggesting that the first major Windows 8 makeover could also mark the end of the service pack.
Brandon LeBlanc also confirms the no service packs plan stating that "You'll immediately benefit from continual updates - whether it's from app updates through the Windows Store, performance updates through Windows Update or the Windows 8.1 update later this year."
Also, today, as part of the Patch Tuesday, the company has released 10 securtiy bulletins, "addressing 33 vulnerabilitiess in Internet Explorer, Windows, Office, Server and Tools, and .NET Framework."
Microsoft also notes, that going forward, "customers will be able to clearly identify key security updates within advisories." For further details, visit Knowledge Base article 2849195.
MS13-037 for Internet Explorer rated critical addresses remote code execution vulnerability on all IE versions.
MS13-038 for Internet Explorer 8 addresses the zero-day flaw that allowed cybercriminals to exploit unpatched systems through compromised websites.
MS13-039 vulnerability in HTTP.sys resolves "Denial of Service" issue in Microsoft Windows server or client. "The security update is rated Important for supported editions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012," MSRC stated.
The updates will be pushed through the WSUS, or you can download the security release ISO Image May 2013 here
However, a new data from Microsoft shows the relative prevalence of viruses trending upward. According to Microsoft Director of Trustworthy Computing Tim Rains, it's rare to see viruses detected in more than 5 percent the world's computer systems.
"The prevalence worldwide for the virus threat category was 7.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12)," Rains wrote in a Thursday post over on the Microsoft Security Blog. "Locations with high levels of viruses included Pakistan (viruses found on 44 percent of systems with detections), Indonesia (40 percent), Ethiopia (40 percent), Bangladesh (38 percent), Somalia (37 percent), Egypt (36 percent) and Afghanistan (35 percent)," writes Rains.