Windows 10 'Patch Tuesday' updates for March now rolling out

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(You can manually download the Fall Creators Update on Microsoft's site, provided that you have an existing license to Windows 10.) If you haven't patched an old Windows 10 system that's been sitting on the shelf, the time is now.

Even though Windows 10 SDK Preview was only released six days ago, Microsoft today announced SDK Preview build 17115. After analyzing the available data, we're lifting the AV compatibility check for the March 2018 Windows security updates for supported Windows 10 devices through Windows Update. This includes cumulative Spectre and Meltdown protections for 32-Bit (x86) and 64-Bit (x64) versions of Windows, except the KB4078130 update that was offered to disable mitigation against Spectre Variant 2.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Edge is widely-tipped to gain more touchpad gestures, design improvements and improved support for eBooks.

Microsoft is not adding any new features with today's update but the software giant has fixed many bugs. The company is also fixing another issue with Internet Explorer would stop working and legacy Document Mode cell is not visible. That means that it can be used in a production environment, although your apps should still target an earlier version of Windows. You can check the update availability by going to Settings- Update & Security- Windows update- Check for updates. Last but not the least, the new security update is now available for Windows MSXML, Windows Installer, Microsoft Graphics component, Internet Explorer, Windows Kernel, Windows Shell and Windows Hyper-V.

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Microsoft has fixed an issue where Outlook web app in Internet Explorer may not load properly. Sure, the majority of Windows 7 and 8.1 users probably run 64-bit versions of Windows. The other changes include fixes for the aforementioned bugs in Internet Explorer.

In addition, Microsoft has expanded its catalog of Intel-validated microcode updates for Spectre and Meltdown.

Specifically, those running Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) and Windows 8.1 will now be able to install Microsoft's fix for the flaws on the software front.

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