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Get advance notice about December 2013 security updates

December 5th, 2013 No comments

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the December security updates.

If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.

In Windows 8, Windows will turn on automatic updating during setup unless you choose to turn it off. To check this setting and turn on automatic updating, open the Search charm, enter Turn automatic updating on or off, and tap or click Settings to find it. 

For other versions of Windows, you can check whether automatic updating is turned on through the Microsoft Update website. This will open Windows Update in Control Panel; if automatic updating is not turned on, you’ll be guided through the steps to set it up. After that, all the latest security and performance improvements will be installed on your PC quickly and reliably.

If you are a technical professional

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to enable customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

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Windows Server 2012 RTM Now Available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers

You asked, we delivered.  As announced on Steve Guggenheimer’s blog, and Microsoft VP Brad Anderson’s blog post, “Ready Now for TNS & MSDN:  Download Windows Server 2012 R2”, the Released to Manufacturing (RTM) bits for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now available for download to current MSDN and TechNet subscribers. 

For those of you who are developers, be sure to also grab a copy of Visual Studio 2013.  The release candidate is still currently available. Keep in mind general availability is still October 18, 2013 for the wave we announced last month.

And for those of you interested in downloading some of the other products and trying them, here are some resources to help you:

  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview download
  • SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) download

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