WannaCry Ransomware prompts Microsoft to release Windows XP and Server 2003 update

The “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt” ransomware that has spread around the world in the past few days has prompted Microsoft to release a security update for long-unsupported Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 8.

The following supported operating systems should not be vulnerable to this ransomware if Windows Updates were completed, since those updates included the Security Bulletin MS17-010 (4013389) in March 2017:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

Microsoft released a list of recommendations at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/.

US-CERT Security Operations Center, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has also issued an alert on WannaCry ransomware at https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA17-132A.

Microsoft Build 2017 conference May 10th – 12th in Seattle

Microsoft’s annual developer conference will run May 10th – 12th 2017 in Seattle, WA. Live streaming of the event can be found at https://build.microsoft.com/ starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time/11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Sessions at the event include Visual Studio enhancements and the soon to be released Cortana Skills Kit.

More information can be found at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2017 and #MSBuild.

Microsoft Event May 2nd 2017 – Release of Windows 10 S Edition

Microsoft Education has announced an online event and press conference to be held on May 2nd 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time ( 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time).    This is for the expected release of Windows 10 S, a lightweight and more secure version of Windows, comparable to Google Chrome OS, that will only allow Windows Store apps to be installed.

Follow the event online at http://event.microsoft.com/MayEvent/  and #MicrosoftEDU.