OK, so yesterday was “Patch Tuesday,” and MS posted a couple of interesting compatibility updates along with a number of security updates, and the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool.
One version for new installs of Windows 8.1, the other for existing installs: both address the same set of application compatibility issues.
In particular, I’m talking about the following items:
- KB 2917929 “Compatibility update is available for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2…” This one covers a huge list of applications (65 or so, including well-known items such as 7-Zip, Acrobat X1 Pro, Audacity, the DivX Converter, Evernote, FileMaker Pro, Omnipage, Open Office, Opera, Safari, and WinRAR, among many others) to make older versions play more nicely with Windows 8.1. This particular patch applies only to those who upgrade to or install Windows 8.1 on a PC.
- KB 2917929 “Compatibility update is available for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2…” This one covers the same huge list of applications, and will be offered to those whose PCs already have Windows 8.1 installed (normal consumers of Windows Update on 8.1, in other words).
It’s probably worth exploring the list of applications covered by these compatibility updates to see if your PCs might benefit from its application. Visit either of the two KB articles linked above to see that list in its entirety.