Wed, Feb 22 2006 15:39
Microsoft looks for 'protection' money
Microsoft has spent billions of dollars in recent years to secure its software. Now it's payback time.
Until recently, security was just something that the software company
got hammered on--a perennial headache, with no upside. But now, four
years after Chairman Bill Gates launched his Trustworthy Computing push, Microsoft is starting to see security as a potential selling point.
Last month, Windows chief Jim Allchin pointed to enhanced security as the top reason
customers should move to Vista, the update to the operating system due
this year. The software maker estimates that a third of its engineering
time for the new Windows was spent on protective measures.
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