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New Windows 8 TV Advert Highlights ‘Start screen’

Last weekend of December 2012, Microsoft aired another Windows 8 television commercial to supports its statement, that the new operating system has the right features for every purpose “even if you wish to propose to your girlfriend.”

Also, available today is a new Windows 8 app dubbed “Microsoft Download News,” that lets you find the latest and popular download resources on Download Center, such as “products help, evaluation edition, service packs and security updates, resources for IT pro and developer and other tools and documentation.”

Though, the app does display the latest downloads available, Microsoft doesn’t allow downloading or to navigate to the original webpage. So, one need to manually search for the selected item.

App can be grap at Windows Store.

Microsoft Download News Windows Store app

Another, Windows Store app called “Windows 8 Complaints” that allowed users to “complain” about Windows 7 and read other users’ complaints has now been removed even meeting out all “certification policies.”

“Windows 8 Complaints app allows you to post your complaints and read/listen to the complaints of others. Whether you miss the start button or you don’t like the color purple that they use, let it be known and listen to the thoughts of others to gain new ideas on why you don’t like Windows 8,” the app description reads.

Features of the app include:

  • “Live Tile functionality for Application Tile in Square and Wide format
  • App Bar commands presented programatically at the convenient moment
  • Complaint database and services powered by the wonders of Windows Azure Mobile Services
  • Integrated Windows 8 look and feel by using the Animation Library suite animations
  • Metered Connection detection & support for a low bandwidth mode to respect the user and prevent unexpected or excessive data charges on roaming, fixed, and variable cost data plans
  • re Contract, Source for sending Complaints to any Share enabled app
  • PlayTo Contract, Source enables app audio voiceover to be sent to any DLNA speakers on the network through the Devices charm
  • Fixed Layout scales beautifully from 10″ Tablets to 27″ and larger displays with the viewbox control.”

Microsoft hasn’t commented on this so far.

Windows 8 Complaint app removed from Windows Store

Windows 8 Hyper-V overview started guide is now available for download.

“Client Hyper-V is the virtualization technology built into Windows 8. Client Hyper-V is the same virtualization technology previously available only in Windows Server. A similar functionality in Windows 7 is called Windows XP Mode. Client Hyper-V enables you to run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same host computer. But instead of working directly with the computer’s hardware, the operating systems run inside a virtual machine (VM). Hyper-V enables developers and IT professionals to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments,” Microsoft stated.

Grab the guide at Download Center.

Microsoft also published a document on how to creating a Windows To Go Flash drive.

For those not aware, “”Windows To Go,” is a Windows 8 Enterprise Edition feature that enables you to provision a USB drive with a complete, managed Windows 8 system image.”

“You can insert the USB drive (known as a Windows To Go workspace) into any Windows 7 or Windows 8 host computer to boot and run a managed Windows 8 system without installing any software on the host computer.”

Use the following link to download the overview doc.

Finally, a security company called FireEye has discovered a exploit in Internet Explorer 8 that allow hackers to install malicious software on vulnerable computers. “The attacks are made via Adobe Flash on a fully-patched computer running Internet Explorer 8,” said the FireEye.

“We are actively investigating reports of a small, targeted issue affecting Internet Explorer 6-8. We will take appropriate action to help keep customers protected once our analysis is complete. People using Internet Explorer 9-10 are not impacted,” Dustin Childs, group manager for response communications at Microsoft, told KrebsonSecurity.

Update 12/30: In a Security Advisory 2794220, Microsoft cofirming the Internet Explorer 8 zero-day exploit said that the vulnerability impacts IE 6, 7, and 8 -“this issue allows remote code execution if users browse to a malicious website with an affected browser. This would typically occur by an attacker convincing someone to click a link in an email or instant message,” MSRC stated.

Adding further, the team notes, that a one-click Fix it patch is in the works, so it could be released in the next few days. Meanwhile, those still using IE8 or older versions of their browser are recommended to follow the guidelines below or upgarade to latest version of Internet Explorer, “Internet Explorer 9 and 10 are not affected by this issue, “so upgrading to these versions will help protect you from this issue”,” adds MSRC.

  • “Set Internet and local intranet security zone settings to “High” to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting in these zones
  • Configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or to disable Active Scripting in the Internet and local intranet security zones
  • Deploy the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET),” the MSRC explains.

Update 01/01/2013: Microsoft just posted one-click Fix it to everyone that prevents the vulnerability from being used for code execution without affecting your ability to browse the Web.

Check the Fix it at knowledgebase article KB 2794220.

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