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Anti-malware Platform Updates on April 9 – Microsoft on Facebook Home’s “Put People First”

Microsoft’s anti-malware platform that include products such as: “Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection SP1 standalone clients, and the managed versions of both” will updated on Tuesday April 9, 2013.

Standalone updates will be made available via Microsoft Update and WSUS as Critical Updates.

“The installation packages are approximately 25MB and WSUS administrators should review auto-approval rules in advance of the April 9 release to avoid any unexpected increase in network traffic,” Microsoft adds.

Anti-malware platform update contains following improvements:

  • “Adds new malware remediation functionality to the anti-malware platform.
  • Adds anti-tampering improvements to the anti-malware platform.
  • Improves overall performance of the anti-malware platform,” informs Configuration Manager Team.

In other Microsoft news today, amid the growing speculation that Microsoft may launch its next generation Xbox codename Durango and dubed as “Xbox Next” or “Xbox 720” later this month –“may also require an always-on internet connection in order to function”.

Following the stir the news created, Microsoft’s creative director Adam Orth tweet (hashtag “#dealwithit”) further added fuel stating “Sorry, I don’t get the drama over having an “always on” console.” Adding, he said that every device is always-on and “that’s the world we live in.”

Orth’s Twitter statment was classified as arrogance by many especially when he compared the situation to “purchasing a vacuum cleaner knowing that the electricity in your house might go out.” And, forced Microsoft to offers apology stating;

“We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter,” posted Major Nelson.

Windows Phone Put People First

Facebook Home, an Android home and lock screen replacement app, which was unveiled just a day back, under the tagline Put People First. Apparetly, forced Microsoft to comment on –as the company had first used it back in 2011 when launching Windows Phone.

Microsoft’s cvp of Communications, Frank X. Shaw, wrote that “I tuned into the coverage of the Facebook Home event yesterday and actually had to check my calendar a few times[…]To see if it was somehow still 2011. Because the content of the presentation was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago.”

He adds that, back in 2011 when Microsoft designed Windows Phone, they put three words on the wall to guide the team: “Put People First,” simply because “People are more important than apps, so phones should be designed around you and the people you care about, not the apps you might use to reach them.”

“Since Windows Phone is centered around placing people first with the information they need the most, and millions of WP owners have already discovered how great a phone can be when it’s designed this way. Naturally, some of those friends have been pretty frustrated that they haven’t been able to get a “People First” experience on their devices.

Microsoft “understands” why Facebook would want to simply copy that idea for a “platform that is sadly lacking” functionality,” as Shaw puts it.

Shaw further adds that Android is “complicated enough” without having to add yet another skin built around another metaphor on a custom variant of OS. “So, while we applaud Facebook for working to give some Android owners a taste of what a “people-centric” phone can be like, we’d humbly like to suggest that you get the real thing, and simply upgrade to a Windows Phone,” Shaw said.

“When you get your Windows Phone, simply log into your Facebook account (along with Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn and Gmail) and pin your best friends and family to your start screen, and we promise you’ll be feeling even more at “home”,” Shaw adds.

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