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Inter@ctive Week: OnGuard: Microsoft patches up bruised Outlook

Jun 06, 2000, 23:31 (3 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft has been taking it on the chin for weeks now, from critics who say its Outlook e-mail software is partly to blame for the damage caused by a rash of self-propagating viruses. At first, the software giant denied it was at fault, saying customers had asked for the features that were being exploited by hackers."

"Critics of Microsoft say that while the patches will prevent viruses like Melissa and the Love Bug, they do little to address underlying weaknesses in the Microsoft platform. Not surprisingly, some of the most vocal criticism comes from the Linux camp."

"I lay the blame at Microsoft's feet," says David Sifry, chief technology officer at San Francisco-based LinuxCare (www.linuxcare. com), in reference to the recent outbreaks. "The architecture of Windows, Exchange and Outlook are fine in a local area network-centric environment. But in an Internet world, their design is flawed."

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