| By Susan Bradley |
Normally the fourth Tuesday of the month is when Microsoft releases the surprise updates — often important fixes for Windows.
So it’s a pleasant surprise that Microsoft did not release any major Windows-related patches this week. Take some time in the sun!
Microsoft releases Mango phone update
The long-awaited Windows Phone 7 update, code-named “Mango,” has been released to manufacturer. As announced on a recent Windows Phone blog, the new version will finally give Windows Phone 7 users application multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, and other improvements to the Windows Phone experience.
Now here’s the bad news: it might be months before current Windows Phone 7 owners can enhance their devices. WP7 is now in the hands of the phone vendors, who have to test it and approve it for their new models. As stated on the blog, the Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will come this fall.
► What to do: When the update is finally offered, I strongly recommend not installing it immediately. Wait for others to test it and report any show-stopping problems. And when you do upgrade, ensure your device is fully backed up first.
Take a pass on these service packs for databases
If you have SQL Server 2008 R2 on your system, you might have been offered the sole Microsoft PC–related update this week. SQL Server is used by many databases to store information. As with most service packs, KB 2528583 is an accumulation of many previous patches. Microsoft Support article 2528583 provides a long list of fixes.
► What to do: Because it’s a cumulative service pack, there’s no immediate need to install KB 2528583
iPhones get man in the middle–threat fix
iPhone 3Gs and 4s received updates to counter possible man-in-the-middle attacks. In this scenario, an attacker spoofs SSL certificates and intercepts transmissions. You might also need to update iTunes to Version 10.4 (which includes stability and performance fixes) before you can update your phone.