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32BitsOnline: Idle Musings on Micro$oft and the Outbreak Express

May 31, 2000, 10:48 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

"In their haste to set things right with a little spin control, and to hand an olive branch to the end users that found out LOVE hurts, Microsoft released a patch for their embattled Outbreak Express that has all the markings of crude hack and nothing in the way of a real fix for the problem. This is typical - another half-witted PR stunt disguised as a patch. Instead of promising to re-write Outbreak to make it somewhat resistant to worms and other vermin, M$ just chose to reduce the functionality."

"Apparently this little gem of a patch, now in the wild, creates a problem or two of its own. You cannot restore default function to Outbreak without completely reinstalling M$ Office. What you get is reduced functionality and no backout plan. Beautiful. Here is an argument for allowing M$ to integrate every line of code they own to the point that NONE of it functions if any single part becomes compromised. Don't break them up, make them splooge it all into one inseparable mass. Make it a requirement."

"...What have we learned? Microsoft truly cannot fix the problems with Outbreak Express. They would have to gut the program. Reduce the "functionality" and the "Added Value" to the point of making it work like the Pine mailer. Pine is good enough for me and a couple dozen million Unix users worldwide, but M$ can't go there."

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