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    Arrow Q & A with Steve Balmer: Microsoft is making security its TOP priority


    Well Microsoft has had its market share being threatened by hackers left and right, mainly targeting Outlook and IIS. Good for Microsoft!

    Little in Steve Ballmer's two years as CEO resembles the scope of the challenge Microsoft embarks upon this month, when the company will go into lockdown mode to conduct a top-to-bottom review of its software code.
    He likens the impromptu mobilization for better security to Microsoft's 1995 about-face, when it suddenly focused its ambitions on Netscape Communications and the challenge posed by the Internet.

    http://msn.com.com/2100-1104-830351.html
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    What I am wondering about is the antivirus
    people, does microsoft have stake in these companies?
    if so or if not microsoft will lose in the end.
    for them to make a solid system they will have to build from scratch and by that time
    other os's will have capitalized and have unstoppable momentum.

    Isn't antivirus equal to fuel for cars??
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    Whether Microsoft follows through or not, I don't think their market share is all that threatened in reality. I have an online web dev class that uses a forum, and one of the threads deals with Microsoft and security. Honestly, you wouldn't believe the kind of things people who are totally engaged in their Windows environments will say to avoid trying something new and escaping MS Win....
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    I think this is more like a publicity stunt from Microsoft's part. It's a good and nobel thing to invest expensive time to sort through your software and look for bugs and loopholes. But it kinda fades when you realize that you have millions of lines of code that you would need to sort through, as I recall they say they will spend a month on this.
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    Well I think they are taking an overall look at the code right now rathar than a sort of line by line type of review.

    Most of what I've read and people I've talked to have been specifically disgruntled by IIS in particular, and also Outlook, with all the trojans, code reds, nimda viruses, etc coming though and paralyzing systems.

    I wonder if W might have said something to Bill to "encourage" him to tighten up his products. This just isn't a corporate issue anymore, it's a national security issue for the US and also Europe. Internet attacks against the US have been threatened with military retailiation.

    I think its also a good business decision than anything, especially now, the security products market is exploding in leaps and bounds.

    I remember in 94, this was when Microsoft still shared the desktop against Lotus/WordPerfect/Paradox. One crazy IS book made the claim that, "viruses and the like have pretty much been wiped out." I thought, "huh?" So back then security wasn't really a market, it was reservered for the very high level users. I wouldn't have though twice about leaving ports 21 and 23 open on my machine. Now the are sealed off behind a cement door.

    Now EVERYBODY is thinking about it. I think Microsoft sees this as an opportunity, not responding out of nobleness, but out of practical business response (if a belated one).

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