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  • Blog Post: WSUS admins... additional updates from Windows Live (Photo Gallery and Toolbar)

    Today, Windows Live will release two additional critical updates: 1. Update for Windows Live Photo Gallery (KB 944990) 2. Update For Windows Live Toolbar (KB 944786) Update for Windows Live Photo Gallery (KB 944990) This critical update will apply to the latest version of Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: New Product Family – SDK Components appearing in WSUS

    For those of you running a WSUS server... A new product family called "SDK Components" will be added to your WSUS server in the next one or two days. This category will contain updates to components offered through various Microsoft software development kits (SDKs). Microsoft SDKs offer great support...
  • Blog Post: New Product Family – Virtual Server

    WSUS users...another new product family coming your way... "Virtual Server" will be added in the next one or two days. This new product family allows updates to be offered to Virtual Server components. Different categories offered under “Virtual Server” may have a different range of supported platforms...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Update Catalog v1 is Live!

    I am excited to announce that we have released version 1.0 of the Microsoft Update Catalog ! With the new Catalog, you can search for updates available through the Microsoft Update service and download them to your machine (regardless of whether the update is applicable to your machine). You can also...
  • Blog Post: New Product Family Expression coming Tuesday, 1/22/08!

    Next Tuesday, 1/22/08, we are adding a new product family to your WSUS server - Expression . The Expression product family will include updates for all Expression products, including service packs, optional updates, and critical or security updates. For additional information on Expression Studio Products...
  • Blog Post: Announcing New Office Sustained Engineering Blog for all Office update information

    Hi all, If you use Microsoft Office, a great new resource has recently come online to help you understand how Office updates work. The Office Sustained Engineering blog features release announcements, known issues, explanations of update behavior, and other information about Office updates. If...
  • Blog Post: Critical Security Update Released Today

    Hello, Microsoft has released a critical security update today, 10/23/2008 and made this update available via all update distribution channels. For more information see: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 .
  • Blog Post: Enabling Microsoft Update to keep Office 2003, Office XP, and other Microsoft Products Secure and Up-To-Date

    Hi Folks – We want to remind everyone that enabling Microsoft Update and keeping your computer up-to-date will give you the best possible experience with Windows. Are you wondering about the difference between Windows Update and Microsoft Update? Windows Update offers updates for Windows and drivers...
  • Blog Post: Rollout start and client availability

    Hi Folks - Noticed a little confusion from our blog post yesterday regarding the Windows Update Agent Update availability. Last night's blog post was to give you some lead time before we started rolling out and making our standalone WUA update available. We are on schedule to start the rollout Monday...
  • Blog Post: WSUS and Windows Server 2003 Sp2

    WSUS admins… a quick note regarding the delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. We have discovered that in some instances Windows Server 2003 SP2 fails to install automatically. While we investigate further, we have changed the behavior of the service pack so that it requires user interaction...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RC availability on Windows Update April 8th

    Good afternoon folks! As you may know, Hyper-V Release Candidate (RC) was made available on March 19th via the Microsoft Download Center . Tomorrow, we are making the RC package available as an Optional Update via Windows Update for all Windows Server 2008 SKUs, available for interactive download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live OneCare category coming soon

    Updated 10/30/08 : WSUS admins will be seeing a new product category under the Windows Live product family in the future. The new product category will be Windows Live OneCare. Thank you, The MU Team
  • Blog Post: Note regarding KB935509...

    Hi all, Just dropping a quick line to let you know about one of the updates we're releasing this week to Windows Update (it's a little different than usual). The update, KB935509, is a prerequisite to Windows Vista Service Pack 1, which will be coming later this quarter. The update is being...
  • Blog Post: Another note regarding KB935509...

    We had a small number of early customer reports, that in some cases, this update (KB935509) was being offered for installation on all Windows Vista editions vs. just Ultimate and Enterprise. A quick adjustment of the applicability logic was released shortly there-after to refine the edition offering...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite Releases

    Hi all, This week we're releasing two more prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 that will be coming later this quarter. We wanted to let you know about them because they are both marked as Important updates (and they’re a little different than usual). KB938371 is a multi-component...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date

    There have been some questions raised about how we service the Windows Update components and concerns expressed about software installing silently. I want to clarify the issue so that everyone can better understand why the self-updating of Windows Update acts the way it does. So first some background...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins…New Product Categories appearing in WSUS

    A new product family called Microsoft HealthVault is being added. Microsoft HealthVault enables consumers to store health and fitness information for themselves and their family in a single place in the cloud, and manage their wellness in new ways with an emerging breed of applications and websites....
  • Blog Post: New Category Windows Live Messenger under “Windows Live” family

    A new category for WSUS... Starting 6/21 – you will see a new category within the Windows Live product family. The Windows Live Messenger category is being used to distribute Windows Live Messenger updates and upgrades. At this time, it is only used for the Messenger Beta. We will inform you when...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1

    Hi all, Today we made Windows Vista SP1 available for Windows Vista systems in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. What does this mean for you? Well, here are some details of what you can expect: Windows Update Users (or those of you who manage systems that directly connect...
  • Blog Post: Early heads-up for Office 2007 SP1 Automatic Update availability

    Hi folks; Just wanted to give you an early heads up. Office 2007 SP1 will be available to Automatic Update in mid-June. For all the details, see the Office Sustained Engineering Blog post here. Thanks! The MU Team
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 availability update

    IT Pros & WSUS admins, We are excited about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and the benefits it provides. We made all 36 languages of SP1 available on Windows Update earlier this week, and we’re planning to begin automatic distribution of SP1 in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese shortly...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins - New and modified categories for the Windows Live product family

    In early September 2007, you will see eight new / modified product categories in the Windows Live family of products. Following are the categories - 1. Windows Live contains updates/upgrades for all Windows Live programs. All Windows Live programs are compatible with both Windows XP and Windows...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins…Windows Live BETA applications are being updated to their released (RTM) versions

    Today Windows Live will ship two updates: 1. Update for Windows Live Mail (KB 944990) 2. Update for Windows Live Writer (KB 944990) These updates will apply to all Windows Live Mail Beta and Windows Live Writer Beta users. The RTM version of this software fixes critical issues, performance...
  • Blog Post: But wait.......there's more.... Another new product family, Silverlight coming Tuesday, 1/22/08 !

    We are also excited to announce a new product named Silverlight , is being made available to Microsoft Update site and WSUS customers Tuesday, January 22nd! The Silverlight product family will include installers and updates for the Silverlight browser plug-in for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista reliability & performance update preview release available today

    Today we have released an update preview release for Windows Vista on the Microsoft Download Center. Today's update release preview is targeted toward improving reliability and performance in Windows Vista. The Windows Serviceability Team is releasing this preview to get customer feedback before our...