Microsoft releases tool to update Defender inside Windows install images

Microsoft has released on Friday a new tool that will allow system administrators to update the Defender security package inside Windows installation images (WIM or VHD supported).

The new tool was created for enterprise environments where workstations and servers are serviced or mass-installed using installation images.

Some of these images are reused for months at a time, and the Microsoft Defender (default antivirus) package found inside would usually end up being installed using an out-of-date detection database.

The newly installed Windows operating systems would eventually update the Defender package, but Microsoft says that this creates a “protection gap” during which systems could be easily attacked and infected.

Microsoft’s new tool is intended to allow system administrators to update their WIM or VHD installation images to contain the most recent Defender component before deploying it on their device fleet.

The new tool was provided for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and

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Python set to overtake Java in latest programming language rankings

Java’s popularity continued to decline this month, almost clearing the path for Python to snatch its spot as the world’s second most popular programming language, according to Tiobe’s latest programming language rankings.   

If Python does overtake Java, it would mark the first time since Tiobe began its programming language popularity index in 2001 that Java would be outside the top two spots. 

As Tiobe CEO Paul Jansen notes, C and Java have held the top two spots consistently for two decades. But today 25-year-old Java is approaching its “all time low” in popularity, falling 4.32 percentage points compared with October 2019. 

In September, Jansen said Java “is in real trouble” because of its year-on-year decline of 3.81 percentage points. Python, which was created in 1991, has seen its popularity ascend thanks to its use by data scientists and the rise of machine learning.     

Tiobe bases its popularity index on the

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O2 takes 5G to Germany’s biggest cities

In a move that it says will “kick-start data turbo for digitisation” of Germany, Telefónica Germany has launched 5G across the country’s five largest cities – Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne – under the O2 brand.

The telco says the O2 core brand is setting a sign for digital progress and mobile freedom, and in a “symbolic virtual act” marking the 30th anniversary of German reunification, is opening up 5G access to all consumers.

The company has invested €4bn in the network expansion, which will be complete by 2022, and the switch-on comes only about a year and a half after its success in the frequency auction. This compares with four years for 3G and two years for 4G, and with a larger scale for 5G.

O2’s 5G network will start with about 150 stations in Germany’s five largest cities, which means nine million people will be able to

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