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09.29.2014 - Banks choosing Microsoft Dynamics CRM to enable personalized customer experiences and operational efficiency



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BOSTON — Sept. 29, 2014 Monday at the Sibos global banking event in Boston, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) highlighted leading banking institutions that are modernizing their business operations and choosing Microsoft Dynamics CRM to shift from transaction-based businesses to customer-centric businesses.

Wayne Morris, corporate vice president, marketing for Microsoft Dynamics, has seen this firsthand: “To become customer-centric organizations, banks must first think from their customers’ perspectives. They need solutions that enable them to deliver amazing customer experiences while also safeguarding customer data and meeting complex regulatory requirements.”

Microsoft is also seeing a growing number of global system integrators building out financial-service-specific solutions on top of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to deliver industry-specific solutions tailored to the needs of banking organizations.

“With banks confronted by the realities of the new digital customer, we certainly see a large opportunity for the joint value of Avanade with Microsoft in the CRM space for banking,” said Ashish Kumar, chief growth, Avanade. “With its extensible platform and security model, Microsoft Dynamics CRM is well suited for the banking industry. We’ve been able to help numerous banking organizations drive customer profitability and operational efficiency through our longstanding alliance. We continue to work closely with Microsoft on banking-specific solutions and best practices based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM that will help banks meet the ever-changing needs of customers in the digital era.”

RBS-Nat W est is a great example of a banking organization putting the customer at the center of its business with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

“Knowledge is powerful — especially when creating a tailored banking experience for business customers,” said David Russell, head of CRM services, RBS-NatWest. “NatWest Business Banking uses Microsoft Dynamics CRM, providing its employees with a unified and highly detailed customer view. With it the team can consistently deliver highly relevant, effective interactions with every customer, which ultimately helps them achieve their business ambitions. Microsoft Dynamics CRM unites teams, saves time and helps NatWest make customers happy. With Microsoft Dynamics CRM, RBS-NatWest has achieved more than 95 percent user adoption, better connected teams and more valued customer service.”

Citibank , a worldwide leading financial institution, uses Microsoft Dynamics CRM for its private banking operations across three continents.

“Our technology team considered Microsoft Dynamics CRM and found that it was everything we wanted and more. Most important, it could serve as a global solution and integrate with the platform we were currently using,” said Dena Brumpton, global chief operating officer, Citi Private Bank. “We can deliver solutions to our clients in a much more relevant way because we understand their needs. We know what they’re interested in and what their preferences are, which means we can target them better. As well, Microsoft Dynamics CRM makes it easy to be compliant with regulatory requirements in each jurisdiction.”

The Saudi Investment Bank , a leading banking institution in the Persian Gulf, decided to employ Microsoft Dynamics CRM to drive growth in its recently created retail banking operations.

“The figures speak for themselves. Microsoft Dynamics CRM has helped us drive up our overall bank revenue, dramatically increase our market share in consumer loans, increase our conversion and win rates, and, most important, increase our customer satisfaction,” said Suliman Abduaziz Al-Obaid, general manager-IT and Shared Services, The Saudi Investment Bank. “It is clearly a powerful tool and easier to implement than other CRM solutions. We needed to improve turnaround time and streamline processes, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM helps us do exactly that.”

More than just a customer management solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM also provides financial service organizations with a flexible development framework, something Maybank experienced firsthand. Maybank, winner of the Asian Banker Risk Management Technology Award, uses Microsoft Dynamics CRM to better manage risk and improve efficiencies.

“We were able to use the flexible platform of Microsoft Dynamics CRM not just for customer management but also for risk management and contract management,” said Herbert Poh Cher Hian, director, Group Finance Strategy and Systems, Maybank. “Most impressive was how quickly we could develop our contract management system, deploy it consistently across all groups, and get our people to use it and dramatically increase their productivity. Because the Microsoft Dynamics CRM user interface is so similar to other Microsoft products like Outlook, our people were able to start using it with little training. And we are already seeing real business benefits with Microsoft Dynamics CRM as noted by the 80 percent reduction in contract processing time.”

Leading technology organizations are capitalizing on the extensible platform of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to better serve the needs of their banking customers. “Microsoft provides a leading CRM solution with an extensible platform, which we’ve used to build a loan origination solution and will apply to additional industry-focused solutions,” said Anthone Withers, director and general manager, Integration Services, HP. “These solutions, combined with a broad portfolio of IT and consulting services and deep industry expertise, allow us to holistically address the business needs of our financial services customers.”

With more than 40,000 customers and 4.25 million users, Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides financial service institutions with a customer-first design philosophy and seamless integration with other productivity applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Lync. Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers and prospects can learn more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the financial services space at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm-financial-services.aspx. In addition, they can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM, http://www.twitter.com/msdynamicscrm.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.29.2014 - Microsoft announces CitiDirect BE Tablet app for Windows 8.1 for corporate treasurers



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BOSTON — Sept. 29 , 2014 — At the Sibos conference in Boston on Monday, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Citi’s CitiDirect BESM Tablet app for Windows 8.1. Citi, a leading provider of global transaction and trade solutions, designed the app for its largest corporate treasury clients. The app, a channel extension of Citi’s corporate banking platform, CitiDirect BE, now operates on three platforms and is made available exclusively to CitiDirect BE customers worldwide, at no cost in 79 countries and nine languages in the Windows Store. The development of CitiDirect BE Tablet for Windows 8.1 significantly broadens the reach of CitiDirect BE with corporate treasurers.

“Technology is improving every part of the customer experience, and being able to provide our treasury clients with real-time information wherever they are working helps them be more productive and make more informed business decisions,” said Hubert Jolly, global head, Channel, Enterprise and Prepaid Services at Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions. “By working closely with Microsoft, we have developed a solution that can be accessed from nearly any Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 tablet or device, which is important to our clients because many operate their businesses on the Windows platform.”

To meet the demands of sophisticated corporate treasury and trade services, the app provides fingertip access to business-critical financial information from a wide choice of enterprise-grade Windows devices. With the additional benefit of seamless access to Microsoft’s enterprise productivity and collaboration solutions, customers can access this app with the enterprise-grade security and manageability demanded by corporate IT departments.

“Now is a critical time for financial institutions to become digital information businesses, drive engaging customer experiences, deliver the products and services demanded by customers, and capitalize on new business models that were previously unattainable,” said Colin Kerr, director of Worldwide Banking, Microsoft. “Citi is a leader in this digital transformation, and we are delighted to see the launch of CitiDirect BE Tablet on Windows 8.1 to support corporate treasury executives and operations staff with deep business insights.”

The CitiDirect BE Tablet app for Windows 8.1 provides treasury executives with visibility into mission-critical financial information in real time, allowing them to quickly execute activities such as authorizing transactions or monitoring account balances across geographies in a map and chart view. With filters, financial data can be customized even more, such as by balance type, currency and total amount, allowing Citi to provide a global view across the treasury.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.24.2014 - MS14-049 - Important: Vulnerability in Windows Installer Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2962490) - Version: 1.2



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Revision Note: V1.2 (September 24, 2014): Bulletin revised to change Known issues entry in the Knowledge Base Article section from None to Yes.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker runs a specially crafted application that attempts to repair a previously-installed application. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
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09.24.2014 - MS14-009 - Important: Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege - Version: 1.3



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Revision Note: V1.3 (September 24, 2014): Bulletin revised to correct a missing Server Core installation entry in the Affected Software table for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 when installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (2898855). This is an informational change only. Customers running this affected software on Server Core installations who have already applied the 2898855 update do not need to take any action. Customers running this affected software on Server Core installations who have not already installed the update should do so to be protected from the vulnerabilities addressed in this bulletin.
Summary: This security update resolves two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities and one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The most severe vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if a user visits a specially crafted website or a website containing specially crafted web content. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit such websites. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit the compromised website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or in an Instant Messenger message that takes them to the attacker's website.
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09.24.2014 - Sutherland leverages Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to consolidate leadership position in global customer experience management



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REDMOND, Wash. — Sept . 2 4 , 2014 — Sutherland Global Services, an acknowledged leader in business process and technology management services, continuously focuses on operational innovations and transformations to maintain its leadership position in Customer Experience Management. A major area of this focus is the digital transformation of key internal operations and processes, aimed at further enhancing the company’s track record of service excellence and consistent delivery of measurable results that impact their business.

Sutherland provides business-critical technology and analytics-enabled services to Fortune 1000 clients, which require secure and scalable platforms to enable Sutherland’s more than 30,000 employees across 40 operational facilities around the globe to deliver best-in-class services for efficiency and customer experience. To move the customer experience and quality of interactions to the next level, Sutherland evaluated several CRM platforms, ultimately selecting Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online based on its flexibility, customization capabilities and ease of use. The platform also provides Sutherland consultants with a seamless transition path because of their familiarity with other Microsoft business solutions, such as .NET, SharePoint Online 2013, SQL Server and Microsoft Lync. Sutherland recently and very successfully launched the first phase of the Dynamics deployment.

“The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry and our Fortune 1000 clients are facing radical changes in market dynamics. These changes combined with technology advancements, such as cloud, social, mobility and big data, call for a paradigm shift. We have to fundamentally rethink how industry-specific transactions will be processed in the future and, more important, how information can be used to identify patterns that provide actionable insights for business managers,” said Deepak Batheja, CTO of Sutherland. “To best serve our clients, we need a best-of-class technology platform, fully optimized with lean business processes, that is flexible enough to enable continuous innovation. Microsoft Dynamics perfectly augments our 200-plus Technology Products and Intellectual Properties and forms the foundation of our world-class Customer Interaction Platform.”

To develop the solution, Sutherland partnered with Microsoft Consulting Services and configured the Dynamics platform to fit the nuances of the company’s multivertical BPO environment. Sutherland’s implementation was seamless, with no disruption to the high level of performance and reliability that is its hallmark. The enhanced multitenant capabilities have improved front office consultants’ efficiency by 20 percent and back office processing by 22 percent, resulting in a direct bottom-line benefit to the company.

“A positive customer experience relies on technology that can deliver flexibility and timeliness combined with service excellence. As a pre-eminent provider of business process outsourcing services, Sutherland understands this and is investing in a solution that allows its consultants to really know and understand the customer,” said Dennis Michalis, general manager, Microsoft Dynamics. “With unified agent desktops and real-time service analytics from a single screen across teams and office locations, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online enables Sutherland employees to have access to the relevant information that empowers them to provide their clients’ customers with a consistently exceptional experience across the globe.”

With the rapid adoption of Dynamics CRM Online across the organization, Sutherland is looking at the next level of innovation and leveraging Microsoft products. “Our external environment is changing as young consumers prefer to communicate through social channels, so we will be leveraging Microsoft Dynamics Social Listening to understand our clients’ customers. Our vision is to have our internal collaboration platform seamlessly integrated with the external channels to better serve our customers,” Batheja said.

Those wanting to learn more about the benefits of integrated CRM solutions can engage with the Dynamics CRM Online community at http://www.twitter.com/msdynamicscrm, #MSDYNCRM.

About Sutherland

Established in 1986, Sutherland Global Services is a global provider of business process and technology management services offering an integrated portfolio of analytics-driven back-office and customer facing solutions that support the entire customer lifecycle. It is one of the largest, independent BPO companies in the world serving global leaders in major industry verticals. Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., Sutherland employs over 30,000 professionals and has locations across the United States, Brazil, Philippines, Malaysia, China, India, UAE, Egypt, Bulgaria, UK, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and Jamaica. For more information, visit www.sutherlandglobal.com.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.23.2014 - MS14-055 - Important: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server Could Allow Denial of Service (2990928) - Version: 3.0



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Revision Note: V3.0 (September 23, 2014): Bulletin rereleased to announce the reoffering of the 2982385 security update file (server.msp) for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. See the Update FAQ for details.
Summary: This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow information disclosure if user clicks on a specially crafted URL. In all cases, however, an attacker would have to convince users to click on the specially crafted URL, typically by getting them to click the URL in an email message or in an Instant Messenger request.
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09.19.2014 - MS14-046 - Important: Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (2984625) - Version: 1.2



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Revision Note: V1.2 (September 19, 2014): Updated the Known Issues entry in the Knowledge Base Article section from "None" to "Yes".
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could allow security feature bypass if a user visits a specially crafted website. In a web-browsing attack scenario, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could bypass the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) security feature, which helps protect users from a broad class of vulnerabilities. The security feature bypass by itself does not allow arbitrary code execution. However, an attacker could use this ASLR bypass vulnerability in conjunction with another vulnerability, such as a remote code execution vulnerability, that could take advantage of the ASLR bypass to run arbitrary code.
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09.18.2014 - MS14-012 - Critical: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2925418) - Version: 1.1



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Revision Note: V1.1 (September 18, 2014): Corrected the severity table and vulnerability information to add CVE-2014-4112 as a vulnerability addressed by this update. This is an informational change only. Customers who have already successfully installed the update do not have to take any action.
Summary: This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and seventeen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. These vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
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09.17.2014 - MS14-053 - Important: Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Denial of Service (2990931) - Version: 1.1



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Revision Note: V1.1 (September 17, 2014): V1.1 (September 17, 2014): Bulletin revised to clarify language in the Executive Summary, Mitigating Factors, and Vulnerability FAQ sections that describes the attack vector for CVE-2014-4072. This is an informational change only. Customers who have already successfully installed the update do not have to take any action.
Summary: This security update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an attacker sends a small number of specially crafted requests to an affected .NET-enabled website. By default, ASP.NET is not installed when Microsoft .NET Framework is installed on any supported edition of Microsoft Windows. To be affected by the vulnerability, customers must manually install and enable ASP.NET by registering it with IIS.
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09.16.2014 - Microsoft announces board changes and quarterly dividend increase



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REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16 , 201 4 Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group Inc., and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa Inc., have been appointed to the company’s board of directors and will join the board effective Oct. 1, 2014.

The company also announced that Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon have decided not to seek reelection to the board of directors and will retire from the board at the expiration of their current term following the annual shareholders meeting in December.

Microsoft also announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share, reflecting a 3-cent, or 11 percent, increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 11, 2014, to shareholders of record on Nov. 20, 2014. The ex-dividend date will be Nov. 18, 2014.

Charles W. Scharf
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“As we continue to focus on the company’s transformation and the board continues to evaluate capital strategy options, this dividend increase is another step in our ongoing commitment to increase capital returns to shareholders,” said Amy Hood, chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Scharf, 49, has served as CEO of Visa since November 2012. Before joining Visa, Scharf spent nine years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the chief executive officer of Retail Financial Services and managing director at One Equity Partners, the firm’s private investment arm. He has also served as the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Bank One Corp., and chief financial officer of both Salomon Smith Barney and the global corporate and investment bank division of Citigroup Inc. He serves on the board of trustees for Johns Hopkins University and the board of directors for the Financial Services Roundtable.

List-Stoll, 51, is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Before joining Kraft, she served as senior vice president and treasurer at Procter & Gamble. Previously, over the course of a nearly 20-year career at Proctor & Gamble, she held finance leadership roles across a diverse range of areas including business unit management, supply chain, sales, accounting, and financial planning and analysis. She serves on the board of Danaher Corp. and as a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation.

Teri L. List-Stoll
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“These additions help strengthen our ability to serve our shareholders and work with Satya and the company’s senior leadership team on Microsoft’s ongoing transformation,” said John Thompson, Microsoft chairman.

“I’m excited to have both Teri and Charlie joining our board,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Teri brings exceptional financial and operational expertise, as well as great insights from her two decades of experience in consumer and retail industries. Charlie, as a sitting CEO of a large global business, brings additional strategic and operational depth to the Microsoft board, as well as a deep understanding of how commerce is changing globally.” 

Marquardt, 65, has served on the Microsoft board since 1981 in a variety of capacities. Dublon, 61, joined the Microsoft board in 2005, and has chaired the compensation committee.

“As one of our earliest board members, Dave has played an indispensable role in Microsoft’s growth and development, providing sage counsel and invaluable industry insights,” said Bill Gates, founder and technology advisor of Microsoft. “Dina has also been a great board member for almost a decade, and we all appreciate her guidance and support.”

Adding List-Stoll and Scharf will increase Microsoft’s board to 12 members effective Oct. 1.

Scharf will be joining the board’s governance and nominating committee. List-Stoll will be joining the audit committee.

In addition to List-Stoll and Scharf, Microsoft’s board of directors consists of John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman and chief executive officer of Virtual Instruments; Dina Dublon, former chief financial officer of JPMorgan Chase; Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and technology advisor; Maria M. Klawe, president, Harvey Mudd College; David F. Marquardt, general partner at August Capital; G. Mason Morfit, president, ValueAct Capital; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; Charles H. Noski, former vice chairman of Bank of America Corp.; Dr. Helmut Panke, former chairman of the board of management at BMW AG; and John W. Stanton, chairman, Trilogy Equity Partners and Trilogy International Partners.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.16.2014 - MS14-046 - Important: Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (2984625) - Version: 1.1



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Revision Note: V1.1 (September 16, 2014): Bulletin revised to announce a detection change in the 2966827 update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This is a detection change only. There were no changes to the update files. Customers who have already successfully updated their systems do not need to take any action.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could allow security feature bypass if a user visits a specially crafted website. In a web-browsing attack scenario, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could bypass the Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) security feature, which helps protect users from a broad class of vulnerabilities. The security feature bypass by itself does not allow arbitrary code execution. However, an attacker could use this ASLR bypass vulnerability in conjunction with another vulnerability, such as a remote code execution vulnerability, that could take advantage of the ASLR bypass to run arbitrary code.
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09.16.2014 - The Carlsberg Group goes 'GloCal' with Office 365



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REDMOND, Wash. Sept. 16 , 201 4 JC Jacobsen founded his brewery, Carlsberg, more than 160 years ago to serve the Danish market. Recently the company has experienced tremendous growth, particularly within the past 14 years, expanding from a local production base of just six markets in 2000 to now the fourth-largest brewer of beer in the world with a roster of 500 different brands. This development has brought about the challenge of incorporating globally dispersed businesses into one company while ensuring each beer lives up to Carlsberg’s high standard of excellence. Cutting-edge technology from Microsoft has made it possible to centrally manage Carlsberg’s operations around the world.

The Carlsberg Group introduced a vision for business it calls “GloCal,” which aims for global efficiency while staying true to its local roots. When deciding how technology could be used to play a role in enabling this vision, the company chose Microsoft Office 365 to implement a complete productivity and collaboration solution that employees can use to connect with each other.

“One way we are helping our employees work better together is by deploying Office 365,” said Etienne Dock, vice president of IT architecture and sourcing at Carlsberg. “No matter what device or distance, the cloud is breaking down traditional barriers so we’re better able to focus on brewing the best beer in the world.”

Employees use Microsoft Exchange Online for email and calendaring; they take advantage of Microsoft Lync Online to connect via webconferencing and instant messaging; virtual teams are collaborating on projects using Microsoft SharePoint Online; and employees are adopting the Yammer Enterprise social networking platform for messaging and collaboration.

The Carlsberg Group is also taking advantage of Office 365’s integrated productivity and collaboration services to launch the Carlsberg Supply Chain (CSC) — its most important GloCal initiative — to help streamline its global supply chain. CSC uses the webconferencing, instant messaging and collaborative team sites within Office 365 services to centrally manage the procurement, production, logistics and planning functions that previously occurred in isolation across the world.

“Beer is heavy, so we don’t want to transport it very long distances,” Dock said. “And breweries are capital intensive, so we don’t want to build too many. CSC gets huge business value from using Office 365 as a global collaboration tool to interact with our global markets and exchange the information we need to fine-tune the balance between these variables to optimize our operations and save money.”

With user-friendly tools and a social networking platform that opens up the lines of communication using virtually any device from anywhere, the company is reinventing itself as a true “family of brands in a world of diversity.” Because its global workforce is more connected, the company can satisfy customers at less cost. Today, sales representatives working with pubs and restaurants in 140 markets use mobile devices to share customer insights with colleagues around the world, so the company can continue to deliver the flavors its beer-loving customers enjoy.

“That’s because we gain the efficiencies of business done on a global scale, while staying close to our local markets,” Dock said. “Thanks to Office 365, we’re becoming a true GloCal organization.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.16.2014 - New Microsoft Dynamics CRM breaks down silos between marketing and sales



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REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16 , 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The new updates revolutionize the way sellers and marketers unite and collaborate by bringing outside-in insights to sales and marketing professionals so they can understand the impact of their campaigns to customers, giving them more personalized experiences. Salespeople now have the visibility to impact campaigns and targeting with unprecedented insight into marketing calendars and campaigns. The updates also enable marketers to more effectively plan and execute marketing campaigns and better track their impact, while strengthening synergies with the sales process. Microsoft Dynamics CRM continues to deepen its interoperability with Microsoft’s leading productivity applications, including Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI for Office 365.

The new release is designed to address ongoing needs for businesses to collaborate among different divisions and groups to better take advantage of opportunities and to meet the evolving needs of their customers.

According to Ray Wang, principal analyst, founder and chairman at Constellation Research Inc., “Closing the gap between marketing and sales is required for a successful customer experience. Organizations need tools to track the customer interactions from marketing to sales and back, collaborate on leads and opportunities, and measure the metrics that matter to both sales and marketing.”

“Unlike vendors that want to separate businesses by selling them countless different clouds and solutions, we have designed Microsoft Dynamics CRM to facilitate the kind of collaboration that businesses need to thrive and grow,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “This means that marketers and sellers can work more closely together to engage customers, bridging the chasm between marketing, sales and service to truly deliver end-to-end experiences that customers will love.”

Uniting m arketing and s ales

To break down the silos between sales and marketing, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing introduces the new Sales Collaboration Panel, which allows sellers to provide input into campaigns and targeting. The release also gives marketers the ability to streamline campaign creation and improve segmentation with graphical email editing, A/B testing, integrated offers and approval workflows. Marketers can more effectively collaborate with the click-to-call feature in Lync and easily schedule and execute webinars as part of their marketing initiatives. The new Interactive Marketing Calendar allows marketers to visualize and manage their end-to-end marketing plans. Microsoft Dynamics Marketing will also be available in Japanese and Russian.

In addition to providing salespeople with the ability to more effectively collaborate with marketing, the new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides the ability to recommend products to up-sell and cross-sell across product families, improving their selling effectiveness. The new release enhances the Guided Sales Processes to help steer sellers toward desired outcomes and ensure the enforcement of business rules across all devices. New mobile sales capabilities across mobile platforms increase productivity with flexible RoleTailored dashboards and analytics, as well as personalized home pages.

Continuing to enhance capabilities to Microsoft Social Listening, the company added Italian as a sixth native language for sentiment tracking and analysis and expanded listening capabilities to include news sources. These capabilities give people access to real-time insights so they can see what is happening and make the right decisions to take advantage of opportunities the moment they arise.

Expanding into new markets, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is available for purchase in 17 new markets in Latin America on Tuesday, making the service globally available in more than 65 markets worldwide. The company confirmed that the global expansion of Microsoft CRM Online will continue and is expected to reach over 130 markets and in 44 languages by the end of calendar year 2014. The company, which recently announced the opening of a Brazil datacenter to service the Latin American region, also noted that in calendar year 2015, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online would expand into additional Microsoft regional datacenters. More capabilities and features of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, such as productivity improvements, automated business processes and real-time forecasting data, are detailed in the Release Preview Guide. A blog post series by Bob Stutz is available on CRM Connection. In addition, all can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM at http://www.twitter.com/msdynamicscrm, #MSDYNCRM.

About Microsoft Dynamics

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About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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09.15.2014 - MS14-055 - Important: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server Could Allow Denial of Service (2990928) - Version: 2.0



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Revision Note: V2.0 (September 15, 2014): Bulletin revised to remove Download Center links for Microsoft security update 2982385 for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. See the Update FAQ for details.
Summary: This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow information disclosure if user clicks on a specially crafted URL. In all cases, however, an attacker would have to convince users to click on the specially crafted URL, typically by getting them to click the URL in an email message or in an Instant Messenger request.
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09.15.2014 - Minecraft to join Microsoft



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REDMOND, W ash. — Sept . 15 , 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise.

The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion. Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis. Subject to customary closing conditions and any regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close in late 2014.

Available across multiple platforms, “Minecraft” is one of the most popular video games in history, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, by players since its launch in 2009. “Minecraft” is one of the top PC games of all time, the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for iOS and Android in the US. The “Minecraft” community is among the most active and passionate in the industry, with more than 2 billion hours played on Xbox 360 alone in the past two years. Minecraft fans are loyal, with nearly 90 percent of paid customers on the PC having signed in within the past 12 months.

“Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

“The ‘Minecraft’ players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations. The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story of ‘Minecraft,’” said Carl Manneh, CEO, Mojang. “As the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the game’s success far into the future.”

Microsoft plans to continue to make “Minecraft” available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.

“‘Minecraft’ is one of the most popular franchises of all time,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We are going to maintain ‘Minecraft’ and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment to nurture and grow it long into the future.”

More details will be available upon the acquisition closing.

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Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.10.2014 - MS14-016 - Important: Vulnerability in Security Account Manager Remote (SAMR) Protocol Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (2934418) - Version: 1.2



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Revision Note: V1.2 (September 10, 2014): Revised Update FAQ and entries in the Operating System column of the Affected Software table to further clarify what version of Active Directory must be installed on a system to be offered the update. These are informational changes only.
Summary: This security update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow security feature bypass if an attacker makes multiple attempts to match passwords to a username.
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09.10.2014 - Microsoft Azure Media Services adds new cloud-first live streaming, content protection and indexing services



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REDMOND , Wash. Sept . 10, 2014 Wednesday, before the opening day of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Microsoft Corp. announced new cloud-first media services, including HD-quality live streaming that supports today’s most popular devices and platforms, end-to-end content protection capabilities, and a new service that simplifies the indexing of audio and video content and makes it easier to search. These new capabilities are part of Microsoft Azure Media Services, a comprehensive platform built on a market-proven public cloud that media companies can use to build scalable, cost-effective and end-to-end media solutions.

“Broadcasters and premium content owners spend significant amounts of money and resources each year to host, manage, support and distribute their media,” said Sudheer Sirivara, partner director of Engineering, Azure Media Services, Microsoft. “Now with Azure Media Services, customers can move that infrastructure to the cloud — with support for live and on-demand content — and focus on what really matters to their business and customers: creating, monetizing and distributing content to more customers on more devices.”

New partner solutions

Since Azure Media Services was initially released in 2012, a broad ecosystem of industry partners have built integrated solutions that offer customers flexibility and choice for their media workflows. Microsoft is now adding four new partners to that ecosystem:

  • Telestream’s Wirecast offers customers a built-in destination that makes it quick and easy to send content from Wirecast’s live streaming production software to Microsoft Azure.

  • NewTek TriCaster offers customers a total media publishing solution for live productions of any scale and includes the ability to ingest mezzanine stream over Real-Time Messaging Protocol.

  • Cires21 offers customers a simple and easy-to-use service to help monitor the health of live channels.

  • JW Player offers customers the ability to customize and distribute premium adaptive content to a wide array of devices.

Additional information

More information on the new cloud services and partnerships announced today is available at the Microsoft Azure blog and the Microsoft booths at the IBC in Hall 13, booths MS1 and MS2.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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09.09.2014 - MS14-052 - Critical: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2977629) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (September 9, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves one publicly disclosed and thirty-six privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.
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09.09.2014 - MS14-055 - Important: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server Could Allow Denial of Service (2990928) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (September 9, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow information disclosure if user clicks on a specially crafted URL. In all cases, however, an attacker would have to convince users to click on the specially crafted URL, typically by getting them to click the URL in an email message or in an Instant Messenger request.
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09.09.2014 - MS14-053 - Important: Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Denial of Service (2990931) - Version: 1.0



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Revision Note: V1.0 (September 9, 2014): Bulletin published.
Summary: This security update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an attacker sends a small number of specially crafted requests to an affected .NET-enabled website. By default, ASP.NET is not installed when Microsoft .NET Framework is installed on any supported edition of Microsoft Windows. To be affected by the vulnerability, customers must manually install and enable ASP.NET by registering it with IIS.
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