Thursday, January 17, 2002

Gates memo: "We can and

Gates memo: “We can and must do better” ::: The first major strategy shift for Microsoft since Gates’ .Net letter from two years ago. Many Microsoft execs are doing their version of a mea culpa – for example, Microsoft’s Group V.P. for Operating Systems Jim Allchin was quoted as saying “enough is enough” in today’s New York Times.

And the shift is getting positive comments, even from past critics. Bruce Schneier, author of several books on cryptography and CTO at Counterpane Systems, said “Because of Microsoft’s dominant position in software, they have the ability to singularly affect the security of the Internet. To have Microsoft as a company focusing on security will make the Internet a safer place.’‘ (Full article on security experts’ response is available courtesy of Reuters.)

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