Microsoft quietly patches first Modern app for Windows 8, RT

'Talk about bare bones,' says one security professional of the scanty information Microsoft offers

By , Computerworld |  Windows

"I think for the end-user it is enough information," said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, in an instant messaging interview today. "For us, it is thin."

Although Microsoft is handling Modern app updates almost identically to vendors of other app stores -- Apple and Google, for example -- it's being held to a different standard by security pros because of the company's history of providing detailed information, mitigation moves and automated workarounds for flaws in its traditional desktop software, such as Windows and Office.

"We do hold them to a different standard, because of what they've done in the past," agreed Storms.

The Mail app's update was part of a larger refresh of several Windows 8 and Windows RT core apps that included Calendar and Message. The update to Calendar was notable for pulling the synchronization plug with Google Apps for Business, a rival to Microsoft's Office suite.

Users and administrators who want to keep abreast of Modern app updates should sign up for Microsoft's email alerts, or subscribe to their RSS feeds, from the company's website.

The Windows Store's update for Mail does not even mention the fact that a security vulnerability has been patched in the app.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is

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