BetaNews: Microsoft revives TechNet and MSDN blogs

BetaNews: Microsoft revives TechNet and MSDN blogs. “After a wave of apparently unexpected complaints, Microsoft has announced that it is to restore the TechNet and MSDN blogs it recently started to retire. The company warns that this is not something that’s going to happen overnight — there is a lot of content to re-activate — but the announcement is great news for anyone who has found the blogs to be invaluable sources of information.”

BetaNews: Micropatch now available for Internet Explorer security hole

BetaNews: Micropatch now available for Internet Explorer security hole. “Through its 0patch platform, ACROS Security is making the micropatch available to Windows users who are concerned about the security of Internet Explorer. While there are likely to be concerns voiced about installing a security patch from a third party, there are two things to consider here.”

BetaNews: Microsoft email hack was worse than first thought — some users’ messages were accessed

BetaNews: Microsoft email hack was worse than first thought — some users’ messages were accessed. “Over the weekend we reported that hackers gained access to Microsoft’s web-based email services for a period of three months. Microsoft tried to calm users’ concerns by saying that only ‘your e-mail address, folder names, the subject lines of e-mails, and the names of other e-mail addresses you communicate with’ had been accessed. But for some people, things were rather worse.”

Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent’s credentials to access customer email accounts (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent’s credentials to access customer email accounts. “On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January, Microsoft has faced another breach affecting its web-based email services. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that a certain ‘limited’ number of people who use web email services managed by Microsoft — which cover services like @msn.com and @hotmail.com — had their accounts compromised.”

BetaNews: April’s Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze

BetaNews: April’s Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze. “If you installed the latest batch of patches from Microsoft this week and found that your computer started to freeze up or fail to boot, you are not alone. The problem is affecting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and stems from a compatibility issue with antivirus software.”

Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out. “Microsoft’s switch to using the Chromium engine to power its Edge browser was announced in December last year, and the first public preview build is out now. Canary builds, updated daily, and Dev builds, updated weekly, are available for Windows 10. Versions for other operating systems and a beta that’s updated every six weeks are promised to be coming soon.”

ZDNet: Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20

ZDNet: Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20. “Microsoft is dropping its HealthVault patient records-management service, the company notified customers via email today, April 5. The service will be shut down on November 20 and any data residing in the service will be deleted after that date.”