Microsoft rolling out Surface firmware updates with Meltdown, Spectre mitigations

Microsoft is rolling out a new round of firmware updates for Surface devices, bringing mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown in the process.

Just after the recent Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities were disclosed last week, Microsoft revealed that it would issue a set of Surface firmware updates to mitigate against the attacks, in addition to its general emergency update for all Windows users. Those firmware updates are now ready and rolling out over Windows Update for a range of surface devices.

Dated January 10, the updates are now rolling out to the Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, Surface Book, and Surface Pro 4, according to the Surface Update History tracker. Each round of updates includes a firmware tweak to “resolve potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002,” which addresses the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

Source: Microsoft rolling out Surface firmware updates with Meltdown, Spectre mitigations

Watch Windows Hello biometric security get spoofed by a printed photo

Security researchers demonstrate how Windows 10 computers can be spoofed by a grainy printed photo of the owner

Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, released in October, fixes the issue and all Windows Hello users are urged to install that update right away. After doing so, it is recommended that users enable Windows Hello’s “enhanced anti-spoofing” feature and re-scan their face so the system can re-learn what they look like.

Source: Watch Windows Hello biometric security get spoofed by a printed photo

Stephanie Tarling’s iconic covers from Surface ads now available on Spotify

 

Stephanie Tarling’s Pure Imagination was a key part of the spine-chilling magic of the Surface Studio unveil, and the artist has since contributed to the marketing of Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2.

Source: Stephanie Tarling’s iconic covers from Surface ads now available on Spotify – MSPoweruser

Microsoft adds new Microsoft 365 versions, plus security and management features |

Microsoft is continuing to evolve its Microsoft 365 subscription bundles. Here’s what’s coming next.

At the company’s Ignite IT Pro conference this week, Microsoft is adding more flavors to the Microsoft 365 line-up: Microsoft 365 Education and Microsoft 365 F1.

Microsoft 365 Education includes Windows 10, Office 365 for Education, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Minecraft Education Edition. It is available to students and faculty.

Microsoft 365 F1, which is for “firstline” customer service and support workers, includes Windows 10, Office 365 F1 (the plan formerly known as K1 for kiosk workers) and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Microsoft StaffHub, an app meant to help service workers manage their schedules, is part of the offering.

Source: Microsoft adds new Microsoft 365 versions, plus security and management features | ZDNet

Microsoft launches Surface Plus, offering financing options and upgrades every 18 months

Surface Plus

Microsoft has announced the launch of its new Surface Plus program, offering “flexible financing options” for both individuals and businesses. The new plans will be available from today, and will be exclusively offered in the United States through Microsoft’s website and its physical stores. The Surface Plus plan for consumers is available for “qualified customers and subject to credit approval”. It offers: Low monthly payments: Customers can purchase a Surface device with an easy, 24-month pa

Source: Microsoft launches Surface Plus, offering financing options and upgrades every 18 months

iPad Pro vs Surface Pro: Which Pro Tablet is Best for You?

ipad pro vs surface pro

Tablets are now becoming a way of life for some people these days. Most people use a tablet as a tool for entertainment. However, in today’s market, there are tablets that can be used to entertain while at the same time, used for something rather more professional. Case in point are the iPad Pro and Surface Pro from Apple and Microsoft, respectively.

While these tablets have merits of their own, it tends to get quite confusing which one will work best on a user. There a lot of things to consider in purchasing a tablet especially if it is going to be used professionally. Starting off with performance.

Source: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro: Which Pro Tablet is Best for You?