[LINK] For Windows Vista Security, Microsoft Called in Pros

brd at iimetro.com.au brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Jan 10 09:02:32 AEDT 2007

There must be a suspicion that the co-operation could have been a two way

With DRM and security issues being raised, and large companies questioning the
value of upgrading to Vista, what's the future for this software?

I guess it depends if there is a compeling case to install Vista so that some
other feature can be enabled. eg new versions of other software, new hardware
that only works with Vista. And then there is the biggie - no support for older
versions of Windows.


For Windows Vista Security, Microsoft Called in Pros
By Alec Klein and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

When Microsoft introduces its long-awaited Windows Vista operating system this
month, it will have an unlikely partner to thank for making its flagship
product safe and secure for millions of computer users across the world: the
National Security Agency.

For the first time, the giant software maker is acknowledging the help of the
secretive agency, better known for eavesdropping on foreign officials and, more
recently, U.S. citizens as part of the Bush administration's effort to combat
terrorism. The agency said it has helped in the development of the security of
Microsoft's new operating system -- the brains of a computer -- to protect it
from worms, Trojan horses and other insidious computer attackers.

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