It's January 8 and the first Microsoft Patch Tuesday of 2013. (Yay?)
Along with the usual set of fixes and patches for Windows, Office and more, Microsoft is rolling out a firmware update for its Windows RT operating system as part of the update.
This isn't the first firmware update Microsoft has delivered for Windows RT, which is the port of Windows to ARM, and the operating system which powers the Microsoft Surface RT, as well as a few other third-party PCs and tablets. There've been a couple of others.
Update: Like previous firmware updates, today's firmware update is specific to the Surface RT. I've asked Microsoft how and when it provides OS fixes and updates to OEMs with Windows RT-based PCs and tablets. No word back on that part yet.
Update No. 2 (January 9): Some interesting info here. A Microsoft spokesperson explained how users of non-Surface RT devices are going to get updates (firmware and otherwise):
"OEMs can (and are) providing any needed firmware or driver updates using Windows Update. These updates are targeted to specific Windows RT models. Recommended OS updates are available to all Windows RT devices at the time they are published. End-user settings will determine whether they are installed automatically."
In other update news, the Microsoft SkyDrive team has added a couple of incremental updates to SkyDrive, Microsoft's consumer cloud-storage service. The updates include a more granular and unified view of how and with whom filese are shared. The team also added "more HTML5 features for touch devices making the SkyDrive experience faster and more fluid across devices and we’ve introduced more drag-and-drop capabilities to make it easier to manage your files, photos and documents," according to a January 8 blog post.
There is still no word from Microsoft as to when it will introduce the Metro-fied version of its Calendar, for which many Windows users have been hoping and expecting for months. I asked again today and was told by a spokesperson there was no new information to share at this time.