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Microsoft has earlier confirmed that it is working on providing protection to customers against the recent Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. The company today announced that it is expanding its range of devices which will be covered by the Windows Security Updates.

Microsoft to cover the devices has decided to remove the anti virus compatibility check for Windows 10 devices and has also expanded the Intel microcode updates. These details were revealed in a Microsoft Catalog today which now covers x86 editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.

The company had been over a period of time working with its Anti virus partners to provide compatible Windows updates to a broad ecosystem. The AV products earlier, had issues with compatibility and after working with their AV partners, the company decided to lift the AV compatibility check with the March Windows Security updates for supported Windows 10 devices.

The Cumulative Updates are released to offer software protection for Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities. The company has decided to block Windows Updates to devices which have issues with the AV driver compatibility. Microsoft recommends users to install their latest version, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to stay up to date with all the security updates the company will be rolling out over a period of time.

The company which expands the set of Intel microcode updates covers the latest generation of Intel’s Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake devices and which have downloaded the company’s latest Windows 10 version 1709 on their PCs.

Microsoft is adding software coverage for the Meltdown vulnerability for x86 editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which will continue to receive additional support from the company. The company however advises users to make sure to update to the company’s latest version of the Operating System, Fall Creators update since the support for version 1607, Anniversary Update will end on April 10, 2018.

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