ZDNet: Microsoft delivers free Meltdown-Spectre assessment tool for IT pros

ZDNet: Microsoft delivers free Meltdown-Spectre assessment tool for IT pros. “Protecting an organization from attacks based on two widespread and potentially deadly security vulnerabilities requires monitoring software, firmware, and antivirus updates. New capabilities in Microsoft’s Windows Analytics service display that status on a single dashboard.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, February 2018 Edition

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, February 2018 Edition. “Microsoft today released a bevy of security updates to tackle more than 50 serious weaknesses in Windows, Internet Explorer/Edge, Microsoft Office and Adobe Flash Player, among other products. A good number of the patches issued today ship with Microsoft’s ‘critical’ rating, meaning the problems they fix could be exploited remotely by miscreants or malware to seize complete control over vulnerable systems — with little or no help from users.”

eWeek: Microsoft’s AI-Powered Drawing Bot Turns Text into Images

eWeek: Microsoft’s AI-Powered Drawing Bot Turns Text into Images. “Microsoft already has already developed an artificial intelligence application that turns images into descriptive text. For example, the software maker’s Seeing AI app for Apple iOS devices turns images captured by the camera into text that is then spoken aloud to visually impaired users. Now, the company’s researchers have built a new AI system, simply dubbed ‘drawing bot,’ that can turn text descriptions into images.”

Gizmodo: Microsoft Wants To Diagnose Disease By Building Massive Database Of The Human Immune System

Gizmodo: Microsoft Wants To Diagnose Disease By Building Massive Database Of The Human Immune System. “Imagine making a spreadsheet of every meal you’ve ever eaten, every hand you’ve ever shook, every bit of dust that’s ever gotten in your eye – and multiply it by about a million times. Then you begin to get a sense of the size of the data problem that is your body’s immune system. Through a new AI project, Microsoft hopes to solve this data problem and make diagnosing nearly any disease as simple as a single blood test.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft opens the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update floodgates

Ars Technica: Microsoft opens the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update floodgates. “After being out for a little under three months, Microsoft has moved the Fall Creators Update to full availability, signaling that the company believes it to be ready for corporate deployments. Microsoft rolls out the big Windows semi-annual updates on a staggered basis, making the update available to an ever larger range of users as the company builds a clearer picture of any hardware and software incompatibilities.”

DarkReading: Microsoft Confirms Windows Performance Hits with Meltdown, Spectre Patches

DarkReading: Microsoft Confirms Windows Performance Hits with Meltdown, Spectre Patches. “Microsoft in a blog post today confirmed that Windows servers will experience noticeable performance slowdowns, as will Windows 7 and 8 client machines running older processors (2015-timeframe PCs with Haswell or older CPUs). While newer Windows 10 platforms won’t experience perceptible performance drops, those on older hardware will.”