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The Register: MS' highest priority must be security - Billg

Jan 17, 2002, 19:08 (35 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Thomas Corriher for this link. ]

"Microsoft founder Bill Gates has finally noodled out the fact that his precious .NET initiative is never going to fly if the company continues turning out insecure products. Therefore, in a long-winded bull to all Microserfs issued Wednesday, Billg finally admits that the company has wrongly emphasized whistles and bells over security, and decrees that this shall change.

"In the past, we've made our software and services more compelling for users by adding new features and functionality, and by making our platform richly extensible," Gates writes.

And then he reveals the epiphany he's had: "We've done a terrific job at that, but all those great features won't matter unless customers trust our software.""

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BBC Online: Software security law call

"Windows XP has had security problems since launch An influential body of researchers is calling on the US Government to draft laws that would punish software firms that do not do enough to make their products secure.

The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released drafts of a report commissioned after 11 September to look at the state of America's computer systems.

If the report is acted on the subsequent laws could hurt monopolies like Microsoft, which many say does not do enough to ensure its software is secure."

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