2 Bulletins Coming on Patch Tuesday
If it's the second Tuesday of the month, it must be patch time.
For March, Microsoft is planning to release two
tomorrow. One will address a critical vulnerability
in Office and the other is designed to fix a flaw in Windows that
is rated "important." Microsoft advised the community
of the upcoming bulletins through its Microsoft Security Bulletin
Advance Notification program. The bulletin for Office may require
a system restart; the Windows bulletin will not.
An updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software
Removal Tool is also coming, along with a high-priority, non-security
update that will be distributed via Microsoft Update and Windows
Server Update Services.
Project Origami Is...
One of the most talked-about stories of recent weeks was what Microsoft
was up to with its Project Origami. The company revealed
its secrets last week at CeBIT: Origami is an ultra-compact, wireless-enabled
PC running Windows XP.
A Microsoft official bills the device as "a replacement for
the classic consumer electronic devices that [consumers are] buying
with disposable income."
System Builder Program Bulks Up
Valentine's Day was last month, but Microsoft last week sent a message
of adoration to its system builder and distributor channels.
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The message came in the form of a press
release highlighting recent investments in the channels. While
some of the programs are older -- such as the Small Business Specialist
Community that was launched last summer -- a few of programs are
The Buy Local campaign, which was launched in October, will be
improved upon Wednesday to include a Buy Local Bonus Pack that customers
get when they buy Windows XP from a U.S. system builder. Microsoft
values the pack at up to $1,200, and it includes a $50 rebate on
a D-Link wireless router, a 30-day T-Mobile HotSpot subscription,
free movies from CinemaNow and training from New Horizons Computer
Microsoft also now plans to extend the campaign to 11 additional
countries later this year.
Posted by Scott Bekker on March 13, 2006 at 11:53 AM