If your running Vista or Windows 7 you’re going to want to update your IE 8 to IE 9 and enjoy a LIGHTER – FASTER and a Cleaner experience. Microsoft is saying they are ahead of the rest of the pack with this new release…..
Internet Explorer 9 RC Now Available: Here’s the Most Interesting New Stuff – FROM HOW-To Geek
Lets see you have Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari – they all have a place and some are better than others. Firefox had the bulk of the switches from IE, but Chrome has taken over and seems to be doing a good job in staying in front.
With any software there are always short cuts and hidden feature that when we find out about them, wish we had known about a long time ago. Well this article is a start to moving you in the right direction.
Change is always difficult and moving from something you have had for 10 years – you know how to fix almost everything from just experience because you have had to do it so many times. Vista and negative press made it really easy not to upgrade when it came out a few years ago, but not the case with Windows 7.
With support and security issues moving to Windows 7 today make a lot of sense, but just because it makes sense doesn’t mean it makes it easy to move forward and start your upgrades. It’s in Microsoft best interest to try to make it as easy as possible to help you make that move and they have been releasing tools to do just that.
You need to look at and use the following program to really position your current state and to get a true picture of where you need to be tomorrow.
Are you looking for a tool to simplify your organization’s migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8—and, in turn, benefit from improved desktop security, reliability and manageability? The MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer migration assessment inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal—information you need to more easily migrate to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and the Security Compliance Manager are the essential toolset to automate your desktop and server deployment of new Microsoft technologies. Using MDT and SCM, you can significantly reduce the costs and time to securely deploy and manage Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and Microsoft Office 2010 across your organization.
What can I do with it??? Identify and analyze web application and database readiness for migration to the Windows Azure platform.
FULL ARTICLE – Assess your environment for migration to Windows 7 with MAP 5.5
I started this sometime ago and will continue to post this just for information.
First, for December we’re releasing 17 updates addressing 40 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and Exchange. Of the 17, two bulletins are rated Critical, 14 are rated Important, and one is rated Moderate. As always, we recommend that customers review the ANS summary page for more information and prepare for the testing and deployment of these bulletins as soon as possible.
Back to this month’s bulletins. We’re addressing two issues this month that have attracted interest recently. First, we will be closing the last Stuxnet-related issues this month. This is a local Elevation of Privilege vulnerability and we’ve seen no evidence of its use in active exploits aside from the Stuxnet malware. We’re also addressing the Internet Explorer vulnerability described in Security Advisory 2458511. Over the past month, Microsoft and our MAPP partners actively monitored the threat landscape surrounding this vulnerability and the total number of exploit attempts we monitored remained pretty low. Furthermore, customers running Internet Explorer 8 remained protected by default due to the extra protection provided by Data Execution Prevention (DEP). On that note, I want to point you to a new post on the Security Research & Defense team blog describing the effectiveness of DEP and ASLR against the types of exploits we see in the wild today.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday – November 11th
If you don’t allow automatic updates, make sure you review this one and push the patch out as soon as possible.
Advance Notification Service for November 2010 Bulletins
Hello. We’ve issued our Advance Notification Service for the November ’10 security bulletin release. This time around we’re releasing three updates addressing 11 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Unified Access Gateway (UAG). One bulletin carries a Critical severity rating; the other two are rated Important.
Yet another attack going around….
It’s really simple to stop a lot of these attacks:
1) Don’t open emails from people you don’t know
2) If you do know the person, yet the message doesn’t make sense – DON’T open any links, call the person in question and ask
3) If you do get this type of email from someone you know, tell them about it so they can try to fix it. If you don’t others in that persons contact list are at risk if they don’t practice the same safe computing as yourself.
IE6 and IE7 are both at risk as well as IE8 if you have changed the default security settings. IE9 Beta is save from this attack.
READ ABOUT THE CURRENT ATTACK
Dealing with a lot of districts in the K12 arena – we all know most are still running Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6… Well if you need HTML5 support or want those web pages that use HTML5 to run faster, this would be great plug-in for your systems. It doesn’t solve the security issues on IE6, but it does move you up the ladder a little in performance.
Make your browser more powerful
After reading this full review of the product, this product is a huge change in thinking and development not seen from Microsoft on this product since the beginning. Sounds great and I can’t wait to get it loaded up.
REVIEW of Microsoft IE9
I am not sure if this is an issue for the K12 market, but am aware of many business it is. Do you need to continue to run Explorer 6 for specific application? Well Microsoft put up a great post with several options that might assist you in the short-term. You do have to be aware running 6 does put you at a greater security risk, the newer versions have improved drastically.
Take a read!
Tools To Make Working With Internet Explorer 6 in Windows 7 Easier