The 10 features and ideas enumerated in this article provide an excellent list of features to consider for the Threshold project.
: Windows 9, also known as “Threshold”, is expected to arrive sometime in 2015 and hopes and wishes from users definitely aren’t in short supply ahead of its unveiling. Tickets to the Build Developer conference 2014 in San Francisco sold out in 24 hours when rumors of Windows 9 hit the internet, highlighting – perhaps – just how much appetite there is out there for a Windows 8 successor. It was rumored that Windows 9 would see a release date as soon as April 2015, but a third update to Windows 8 in the same month means that we will likely have to wait until later in the year.
This recent article documents that APR2014 MS14-018 cumulative update provides foundational base for Win7′s version of IE 11 to continue installing updates
Users who have not installed the IE security update issued on April 8 — identified by Microsoft as MS14-018 — on Windows 7, and who rely on Windows Update to download and install fixes, did not receive the June 10 IE update. Nor will IE11 receive any future updates, security or otherwise, until that MS14-018 has been installed
. Windows Update will not display the appropriate IE11 patches.
As far as Computerworld could determine, this is the first time that Microsoft selectively shut off patches to IE while still providing updates to the operating system. It’s unclear why Microsoft did this — unlike the situation with Windows 8.1, the firm has not publicly explained the move or even publicized the requirement — but it may be attributed to the significance of the IE11 update in April
. In a support document, Microsoft listed numerous changes to IE11 on Windows 7.
Admittedly, most users who have Windows Update set to automatically download and install updates — a majority of consumers — do not need to be aware of such requirements, assuming those updates are successfully installed. But Windows and IE updates are not foolproof: They sometimes fail to take. In that case, users on Windows 7 running IE11 might not know that they are now unprotected, and will remain so until MS14-018 is deployed.
In the Akamai Study below, Virginia was rated as having fastest Internet speed in USA
If you’re looking for the fastest Internet service in the US, you should pack your bags for Virginia. With an average of 13.7 megabits per second, Virginia tops the country for the speediest Internet access, according to Broadview Networks. Broadview Networks created a map (seen above) that shows which states have the fastest Internet service and which ones lag. The cloud services provider got the data from Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report (PDF) released in June.
1 Virginia 13.7 -4.3% 30%
2 Delaware 13.1 6.3% 18%
3 Massachusetts 13.1 2.6% 22%
4 Rhode Island 12.9 11% 35%
5 District Of Columbia 12.8 5.0% 18%
6 Washington 12.5 8.5% 29%
7 New Hampshire 12.3 4.0% 6.0%
8 Utah 12.1 6.0% 17%
9 Michigan 11.8 13% 42%
10 Connecticut 11.7 7.2% 18%
WORLD’S FASTEST SPEEDS:
Akamai’s report also looks at Internet speeds around the world. The country with the fastest service is South Korea
with an average of 23.6 Mbps. In second place, and far behind South Korea, is Japan
with an average of 14.6 Mbps. How does the US rank overall worldwide? It’s No. 10 with an average of 10.5 Mbps.
Some users may get unusual messages after applying September Patch Tuesday updates where out-of-date Active X controls are present. For example, new controls to block outdated JAVA and FLASH extensions may require users to update these components to completely resolve these warning messages. While transition may be a little painful, this serves to better protect users long term from dangerous exploits in outdated IE plug-ins.
As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, starting September 9th Internet Explorer will block out-of-date ActiveX controls.
Note: The original post stated that the ActiveX blocking would begin on August 12th.
ActiveX controls are small apps that let Web sites provide content, like videos and games, and let you interact with content like toolbars. Unfortunately, because many ActiveX controls aren’t automatically updated, they can become outdated as new versions are released. It’s very important that you keep your ActiveX controls up-to-date because malicious or compromised Web pages can target security flaws in outdated controls to collect information, install dangerous software, or by let someone else control your computer remotely.
For example, according to the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013. These vulnerabilities may have been fixed in recent versions, but users may not know to upgrade. To help avoid this situation with ActiveX controls, an update to Internet Explorer on September 9, 2014
will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.
The out-of-date ActiveX control blocking feature works with:
* On Windows 7 SP1, Internet Explorer 8 through Internet Explorer 11
* On Windows 8 and up, Internet Explorer for the desktop
* All Security Zones—such as the Internet Zone—but not the Local Intranet Zone and the Trusted Sites Zone
This feature does not warn
about or block ActiveX controls in the Local Intranet
Zone or Trusted Sites