windowsBugs10 years ago this month, Microsoft made a commitment to offer better security for its various software products, including Windows. That included setting up a regularly scheduled time of the month where Microsoft would release new security bulletins. The decision was made to establish the second Tuesday of the month as the date for these software updates.
The event has come to be known informally as "Patch Tuesday" in IT circles and since then the date has come to be recognized as a positive move for Microsoft, helping to get rid of its previous reputation for not keeping in touch with customers on software updates. Today, Microsoft released the October 2013 "Patch Tuesday" security bulletins, although it made no specific effort to mention the 10th anniversary of its software update schedule.

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BlackBerry is currently in the middle of a transition that will eventually turn it back into a private company, if all goes according to plan. However, the development team at the smartphone company is still working on some concepts for the future, and several of them were shown this week at the BlackBerry Jam Asia event.

One of those concepts is something that might please BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners who also have a Windows notebook or desktop. As shown in a video posted on YouTube, the BlackBerry team have created a way to project the user interface of a BlackBerry Z10 onto a Windows 7 desktop. This will allow people to catch messages sent on the BBM network on a Windows PC, and then reply by using the desktop app.

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outlook logoMicrosoft's Outlook.com service has been live for over a year now, but it looks like people who don't sign into their Microsoft Account in a timely fashion could find that their email addresses are freed up after a period of nearly a year.
According to PCWorld, Microsoft's service agreement does day that users must sign onto their Microsoft Account at least once every 270 days. If they don't, the agreement says their access could be canceled and their online data might be deleted. However, that same public agreement says nothing of Microsoft allowing others to access that now unused email address again.

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microsoft-office-logoMicrosoft yesterday acknowledged yet another problem with its Sept. 10 updates, confirming that one of those fixes broke Office 2010 Starter Edition by changing the file associations of already-created documents.
"After installing this update, some users have reported they are unable to open files by double-clicking them, that the file type icons have changed, and that they must go to the application to open files," Microsoft's Office team said in a company blog post Wednesday.

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We've been waiting to hear from Microsoft about a launch date for Visual Studio 2013 for some time and this week we finally got an answer. The company has revealed it will hold a virtual launch event for the software development tool on November 13th.

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While Microsoft is promoting that date as the official release for the software, ZDNet.com reports that MSDN subscribers can download the RTM version on October 18th, the same day Windows 8.1 launches. Visual Studio 2013 will go on sale via volume licensing customers on November 1st and from retail resellers sometime soon after that date, though nothing specific was announced.

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outlook logoMicrosoft finally added the long-promised support for the older IMAP protocol in its Outlook.com email service earlier this week, but the new feature apparently is still a bit buggy for some users, who have posted their issues in comments on the official Office blog.
Most of the user complaints have stated they cannot connect to Outlook.com with their IMAP-based email clients, such as Mac Mail and the Mac and Linux versions of Thunderbird. An example of this issue was reported on Saturday by Stan Wintraecken, who wrote, "Mac mail is only synchronizing my deleted messages map with outlook.com and not my inbox.

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gmail logoA few months ago, Google began to put in messages in the Promotions section of Gmail web accounts that looked very much like email spam. Now it looks like Google is getting ready to put in some kind of advertisements inside the official Gmail app for Android devices.
  As reported by Android Police, an examination of the code inside the recently released 4.6 version of the Gmail Android app showed multiple references to ads.

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One of the many updates served today to users by Microsoft through Windows Update is causing problems for users running Office 2013.

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The update, labeled "Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817630) 32-bit Edition" or "Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817630) 64-bit Edition", contains bug fixes, and stability and performance improvements. After applying it, many users are reporting on TechNet that the Outlook folder pane is left empty. Many are also reporting that uninstalling the KB2817630 update fixes the problem.

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Word and Powerpoint LogoMicrosoft has been expanding its Bing Translator software to more and more of the company's products, including apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Today, Microsoft announced that a new Translator app for Word and PowerPoint 2013 users will be launched in the Office store later in the day.
  In a post on the Next at Microsoft blog, it states:

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outlook logo347 separate vulnerabilities were patched today by Microsoft in the Patch Tuesday updates.
This month's advance notification indicated that there would be 14 bulletins, but only 13 were released today. They affect Microsoft Outlook, Access, Excel, components of Windows, FrontPage, SharePoint, Active Directory and there is a cumulative update for Internet Explorer.
Perhaps the most alarming of the vulnerabilities is a certificate parsing vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2010: "A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Microsoft Outlook [2007, 2010] parses specially crafted S/MIME email messages. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights."

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