Based on the current progress for Windows 10 version 1809, due out this fall, it now looks like the spring update for the OS will arrive on April 3 or 10.
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Windows Analytics can now scan enterprise PCs running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and report on whether they're prepped to fend off attacks based on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection can detect ongoing attacks on corporate networks, investigate the attack or breach, and provide response recommendations. It will be added to Windows 7 and 8.1 by this summer.
Google in July will start inserting a 'not secure' label in the address bar of every website that uses HTTP connections between its servers and users.
Microsoft unveiled a slew of changes to Windows 10 support, acknowledging that its rapid development-and-release tempo is still being resisted by enterprises.
With Windows Insider build 17083, Microsoft responded to criticism about transparency by adding a 'Diagnostic Data Viewer' app to the OS for beta users to try out.
Intel urged customers not to deploy firmware updates aimed at the Spectre and Meltdown flaws because the updates caused system instability; Microsoft reacted with its own release – KB4078130 – on Saturday.
Office for Mac 2016 gets an auto-save feature matching what Windows users have had since last August. AutoSave is available only to Office for Mac 2016 users who also subscribe to Office 365.
The 'Long-term Servicing Branch' of Windows 1o was initially aimed at enterprises that wanted to avoid Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service model and delay frequent feature updates. Here's how it's supposed to work.
Future web-facing features in the browser must now meet a standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted.
A Gartner Research survey shows that while companies often use a variety of Office 365 elements, only two – email and the Office apps – provide real value.
Windows users can take these steps to insure their PCs continue to receive security updates in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws.
The company said Fall Creators Update has been tested enough that companies can deploy it when they're ready.
Microsoft warns that Windows 7 PCs would run slower after installing the updates, as will older PCs running Windows 10.