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Apple isn't the only company having problems lately with upgrades that don't "Just Work."

 

Lest anyone think MS hasn't also had a bad year of software oopsies, they have as well. I'm beginning to wonder if the new generation of coders at both companies are just not as good as the ones in the past. Software QC at both companies has dropped recently. Whether it is just the state of ever larger programs or new developments is a mystery to me as I have no access to the inter company memos for either. But the two dominant companies are making serious mistakes in their software costing us poor users time and effort.

 

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"Microsoft's run of bad patches continues, with the latest affecting users who have installed February's update for Office Home and Student 2013 RT.

 

Microsoft has replaced a patch for PowerPoint 2013 after finding it caused problems with the presentation app on Surface RT and Surface 2 tablets.

 

The affected patch, KB2920732 for PowerPoint 2013 for the Surface RT and Surface 2, was released as part of the February Patch Tuesday update for Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT.

 

The update was meant to improve stability when the tablets play animations, and fix editing and photo bugs. However, once installed, it left users unable to start PowerPoint 2013. Installation of the update would produce an error message indicating the POWERPNT.EXE file was a bad image.

 

The PowerPoint patch follows a string of updates over the last year that have caused difficulties for users. As ZDNet has noted before, Microsoft has released a number of problem patches since June last year:

• Microsoft's June patches broke Office Click-to-Run for some.
• August Windows updates cause systems to go into reboot loops (among other problems).
• September Lync server security update may not install successfully.
• A file synch issue in OneDrive for Business force Microsoft to pull and reissue an update.
• An update to add SHA-2 hashing to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could cause system reboots.
• New ciphers included with a security update to Schannel caused connections to drop and programs to become unresponsive.
• October updates to Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 could stop fields from updating (*).
• An Exchange 2010 update issued in December could stop Outlook from connecting to the server. It was withdrawn and reissued.
• December update KB3004394 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 can cause an inability to install future updates.
• December update KB2553154 for Office 2010 disables ActiveX controls.
•Microsoft has also reported problems in its MS14-080 December Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer. It detailed the issues in KB3008923.

The latest troublesome patch is likely to affect fewer users than some earlier patches, as it's confined to the Surface RT and Surface 2 devices. Microsoft last month confirmed that it had stopped manufacturing the ARM-based Surface 2 tablets, which suffered from a lack of third-party apps."

 

That whole article is here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-replaces-patch-that-killed-powerpoint/?tag=nl.e541&s_cid=e541&ttag=e541&ftag=TRE7ce1dc9

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