First Month Passes with No Vista-Specific Patches

On Tuesday, Microsoft released several security patches as part of its monthly security patch release. A good sign is that none of the patches were directly for Windows Vista security, which promises to better secure users than previous Windows versions. Microsoft did, however, provide Vista Ultimate users with a small gift on Tuesday: a prerelease version of the eagerly anticipated Ultimate Extra called Windows DreamScene.

Microsoft released 12 security updates as part of its February 2007 release, six of which were rated "critical," the company's most serious rating. Products affected by these critical problems include Windows (but not Vista), Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Defender, and Windows Live OneCare, the latter two of which are security products. (One of these products, Windows Defender, is also included in Vista.) Seven of the security updates address so-called zero-day vulnerabilities that have been known about for some time but weren't previously fixed.

On Tuesday, Microsoft also shipped a prerelease version of its DreamScene Ultimate Extra to Vista Ultimate customers. DreamScene enables animated desktop backgrounds called motion desktops, although the prerelease version includes only one motion desktop. Microsoft has publicly demonstrated DreamScene twice since the beginning of the year, but has yet to provide Vista Ultimate customers with any of the motion desktops that the company demonstrated. The motion desktop included with the prerelease version is a rather unexciting rendition of the default Vista Aurora desktop pattern with only subtle animations.

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