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We’ve talked a few times about how important it is for you to be able to connect your Windows Live experiences to the other great services you use.  You can connect connect Messenger to Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn, Hotmail lets you bring in your email from Gmail and Yahoo! Plus, and  WordPress.com powers a great blogging experience for Windows Live customers.

This week we are introducing a new Windows Live plug-ins website, which allows you to download and submit plug-ins for Windows Live Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and Writer.

Windows Live Plug-ins website

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Microsoft has issued an advanced notification for their last Patch Tuesday of the year, with a whopping 17 bulletins and 40 vulnerabilities. Out of the 17 bulletins, two are marked as “critical”, Microsoft’s highest security warning, 14 are labeled as “important” while the last one is marked as “moderate.”

The update is scheduled for December 14, 2010, and will address a number of issues within Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange. The massive update comes just after Microsoft issued no patches for either Windows or Internet Explorer last month.

The bulletins will address a number of remote code execution, elevation of privilege, and denial of service.

Read More: Neowin


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Microsoft has confirmed it is investigating public proof of concept code for a new un-patched flaw in Windows.

Prevx, an IT security firm, published details of the exploit in a blog posting on Wednesday. “This is a serious flaw because it resides in win32k.sys, the kernel mode part of the Windows subsystem. It is a privilege escalation exploit which allows even limited user accounts to execute arbitrary code in kernel mode,” wrote Malware Technology specialist Marco Giuliani.

Giuliani warned that Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 were all vulnerable to attack, including 32-bit and 64-bit editions. Prevx says they have not see any malware exploiting this flaw but warned “we expect to see this exploit being actively used by malware very soon – it’s an opportunity that malware writers surely won’t miss.”

The vulnerability is located in Win32ksys’s NtGdiEnableEUDC API according to Prevx. The API is not correctly validating some inputs resulting in a stack overflow. A malicious attacker could redirect the overwritten return address to their malicious code and execute it with kernel mode privileges. As the flaw is a privilege escalation exploit, it bypasses the User Account Control (UAC) and Limited User Account technologies implemented in Windows Vista and Windows 7.



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Windows 1.0
Windows 1.X in action. Note the two floppy drives. 

(Credit: Microsoft)

When the first Windows operating system was introduced by Microsoft, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, John Hughes was introducing touching teen stereotypes in “The Breakfast Club,” and a young singer named Madonna was hitting the road with “The Virgin Tour.” Twenty five years later, Windows, Reagan, Hughes, and Madonna are still very much at the center of our tech, political, and pop culture discussions.

Since we are a technology site, however, let’s take a moment to focus on the sheer breadth of Bill Gates’ achievement with Windows and to ask: how long can this go on? Now in its seventh major version, Windows can be found on about 9 out of every 10 of the world PCs, its server version is on 70 percent of the world’s servers, and, of course, Gates is the richest person in America, and, until recently, the world. Microsoft is the world’s largest software company thanks largely to the Windows franchise and has extended its products to everything from gaming consoles and mobile phones to corporate financial software and databases.

Read More : CNET

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One of the best ads by Microsoft.


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Today we are launching a new blog called Extreme Windows. As you know (or don’t know) The Windows Blog is a network or family of blogs that together tell the company’s Windows story across different audiences spanning Windows, Windows Live, Internet Explorer and Windows Phone. Each individual blog has a distinct purpose and caters to a specific audience. For example the Windows Experience Blog focuses on the consumer audience – or the average PC user. Our goal for this blog, will cater to more advanced PC users – “power users” or what we call “enthusiasts”.

What exactly is an enthusiast you might ask? For Extreme Windows – we are defining enthusiast as someone with the following characteristics:

  • Passion for Technology – Someone who (IS) excited for technology and is always interested in learning more about and using the latest technology.
  • Understands the value of technology – Someone who is willing to spend what it takes to get top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art, and bleeding-edge technology.
  • Is a source of knowledge for others – Someone whose family, friends, co-workers and others rely on for great technology advice.

Read More : Extreme Windows Blog


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At PDC 2010, Steve Ballmer took the stage to announce some exciting new products and updates to Windows, Azure and many more products.

During Ballmers keynote speech, he announced that 88% of businesses are moving towards upgrading to Windows 7 and 240 million licenses have been sold so far.

Ballmer also announced that Windows 7 has a 94% overall satisfaction rate, a significant improvement over Windows Vista. The next major announcement was that IDC predicts that 409 million PCs will ship with Windows 7 in 2011, the most PCs ever shipped in a single year.

Read More : Neowin

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