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Aug082007

Microsoft “We let you down with Windows XP”

“We let you down with Windows XP”. So stated Steve Riley, in an afternoon session today at Tech.Ed Australia, entitled “Making the Tradeoff: Be Secure or Get Work Done”.

He was referring to that oft-maligned piece of client software, Windows Firewall – “We gave you a firewall, and then we turned it off,” he said sheepishly.

It’s not often that a Microsoft spokesperson will openly state what the rest of us have always known, but then Steve isn’t known for dodging awkward topics .

Having said that, it’s relatively safe to make that statement so late in the piece, now that anyone with a Windows XP machine disables the firewall as an essential first step and then installs some freeware which does the job admirably, or just uses Windows Vista, which contains the firewall capabilities that Windows XP should have had.

“We let you down”? We know!

Microsoft, Steve Riley, Windows XP

Source:→ APC Magazine

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