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Microsoft scraps 'Patch Tuesday.' Also no big Windows 8.1 update

Microsoft scraps 'Patch Tuesday.' Also no big Windows 8.1 update
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Patch Tuesday is gone forever and Microsoft won't be releasing another big update for Windows 8.1 like it did last spring.

But don't panic just yet. Patch Tuesday just got a new name - Update Tuesday - and a makeover. In addition to the usual security updates, Microsoft will now be releasing regular software updates for Windows.

According to Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc, we can expect the following Windows 8.1 features in tomorrow's scheduled Update Tuesday (which will still be held on the second Tuesday of each month):

First, three new settings in the touchpad control panel will allow you to leave your touchpad active even when a mouse is connected, select whether right-clicks are allowed on the touchpad, and enable dragging by double-tapping. Second, a new set of APIs will allow Windows devices to act as Miracast receivers. Finally, Microsoft has reduced the number of times you'll need to enter your password when accessing SharePoint Online sites.

Most of this isn't a big deal for home Windows users. Extra touchpad options are nice, but I don't know many people who use Miracast or SharePoint Online sites. Miracast, by the way, is Microsoft's system for streaming what's on your screen to another gadget over a Wi-Fi network.

LeBlanc also went on to say:

"Rather than waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, customers can expect that we'll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of 'Update Tuesday'."

While that means you might not benefit from any updates this month, you might next month or the month after.

Even if you don't care about the regular updates, you still need to install the security updates. Click here to learn how to make sure Windows is always up to date.

Even if you're updated, you can be vulnerable to attacks without good security software. Visit my Security Center and get your computer locked down today.

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Source: The Register
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