Gates not his cocky self at RSA conference


Author: Roger Smith

SAN FRANCISCO — Hardcore open source security advocates might be tempted to compare Bill Gates’ opening keynote at the 14th annual RSA Security conference at the Moscone Center to notorious poisoner Lucretia Borgia being invited to address a convention of master chefs, given Microsoft Windows role in enabling a plethora of security concerns over the past few decades.

Microsoft’s chairman and chief software architect announced plans for an updated Internet Explorer 7.0 browser and a slew of other initiatives to bolster security in Microsoft products. Reacting to increased phishing, spyware, and malicious software (commonly known as malware) being directed against the IE browser, Gates said that Microsoft now plans to release “a new IE 7 with added levels of security” in mid-2005 rather than include the new browser in the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, due in 2006.


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