You may have paid for your version of Windows, but Microsoft doesn\u2019t think you deserve Redmond\u2019s Advanced Notification Service (ANS) unless you pay more to be a \u201cpremium\u201d customer. Although that might be great as soon as the world no longer runs on Microsoft, for right now it seems like Microsoft \u201cevolving\u201d its security practices is an uber-jerk move that it will affect billions of users worldwide running various flavors of Windows.\u201cWhile some customers still rely on ANS, the vast majority wait for Update Tuesday, or take no action, allowing updates to occur automatically,\u201d wrote Microsoft Security Response Center senior director Chris Betz. \u201cMoving forward, we will provide ANS information directly to Premier customers and current organizations involved in our security programs, and will no longer make this information broadly available through a blog post and web page.\u201dToo bad so sad if Microsoft pushes out an emergency patch, as unless you pay for the privilege, you will be flying blind; Microsoft will not provide advance notification \u2013 only the patch to plug yet another security hole in its software.If you don\u2019t shell out even more money to Microsoft, then the best the company will offer you is \u201cmyBulletins,\u201d a useless tool for the big picture of security as it only shows you security bulletins that apply to your system. \u201cAs our customers\u2019 needs change, so must our approach to security,\u201d Betz said. \u201cWe remain relentless in our commitment to protect customers and the ongoing delivery of secure computing experiences.\u201dOh really? Because the evolution of Microsoft\u2019s \u201ccommitment to protect customers\u201d did not include pushing out a patch that it had ready before its precious monthly Patch Tuesday. Then the company is irked when Google publicly disclosed the Windows 8.1 Elevation of Privilege (EoP) flaw that it had privately reported to Microsoft back in October.Google isn\u2019t cleaning up its own house as it refused to patch Android 4.3 or older platforms \u2013 affecting 60% of pre-KitKat Android users, meaning over 930 million people with pre-4.4 WebView on Android devices. Put another way, Google\u2019s decision not to patch puts nearly a billion Android users \u201cin danger of being targeted by cyber attackers exploiting vulnerabilities in WebView.\u201dYet regarding the Microsoft vulnerability, Google reasoned that its 90 day disclosure window had passed; its refusal to wait 92 days for the patch to be pushed out could be interpreted as inflexible. As Peter Bright of Ars Technica pointed out, both tech giants sticking to their own policies have nothing to do with benefiting users.Of course Microsoft freaked out after Google went public with the flaw; Betz claimed, \u201cAlthough following through keeps to Google\u2019s announced timeline for disclosure, the decision feels less like principles and more like a \u2018gotcha\u2019, with customers the ones who may suffer as a result.\u201d He added, \u201cMicrosoft has a responsibility to work in our customers\u2019 best interest to address security concerns quickly, comprehensively, and in a manner that continues to enable the vast ecosystem that provides technology to positively impact peoples\u2019 lives.\u201dRiiight\u2026unless it comes to fixing a zero-day flaw with an out-of-band emergency patch because of its rigid Patch Tuesday timeline. As for comprehensively addressing security concerns, Microsoft decided such comprehensive security access of ANS, that used to be free, now requires a fee.That may or may not imply that nothing with Microsoft will be free, despite rumors that a Windows 10 upgrade might be free for some users. It still seems stupid that Microsoft thinks it can skip Windows 9 to place distance between it and the disastrous Windows 8. But hey, it seems like Redmond is applying that same logic to its web browser. Can so much hate for Internet Explorer be dispelled by the new browser Spartan that will come as part of Windows 10?Neowin reported, \u201cSpartan will be the browser across all of your Microsoft devices, from Windows 10 Mobile (Windows Phone) to Windows 10, and eventually onto your Xbox; this is Microsoft's new Modern browser. And because Modern apps now work on the desktop in Windows 10, Spartan could very well be your choice of replacement for Internet Explorer.\u201dMicrosoft will likely tell us more during its Windows 10 press even on the 21st.1 critical, 7 important Microsoft patches in Jan. 2015Here are Microsoft\u2019s eight security bulletins for January 2015.Only MS15-002 is rated as critical; it patches a privately reported RCE vulnerability in Windows Telnet service, which could allow remote code execution.The remaining seven are rated as important.Four deal with elevation of privilege vulnerabilities. MS15-001 fixes a publicly disclosed EoP vulnerability in Microsoft Windows application compatibility cache. MS15-003 patches a publicly disclosed EoP vulnerability in Microsoft Windows user profile service. MS15-004 closes the hole in a privately reported EoP vulnerability in Windows components. MS15-008 squashes one privately reported EoP vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.MS15-005 patches a privately reported bug in Windows network location awareness service that could \u201callow security feature bypass by unintentionally relaxing the firewall policy and\/or configuration of certain services when an attacker on the same network as the victim spoofs responses to DNS and LDAP traffic initiated by the victim.\u201dMS15-006 fixes a privately reported vulnerability in Windows Error Reporting, which \u201ccould allow security feature bypass if successfully exploited by an attacker.\u201dMS15-007 closes a hole in the privately reported vulnerability in Windows; if left unpatched, \u201ccould allow denial of service on an Internet Authentication Service (IAS) or Network Policy Server (NPS) if an attacker sends specially crafted username strings to the IAS or NPS.\u201dHappy patching!