Microsoft downplays stealth update concerns

Friday, 14 September 2007, 1:12 AM EST

Microsoft Corp. today essentially called the concerns over undercover updates to Windows XP and Windows Vista a tempest in a teapot, saying that silent modifications to the Windows Update (WU) software have been a longtime practice and are needed to keep users patched.

"Windows Update is a service that primarily delivers updates to Windows," said Nate Clinton, program manager in the WU group on the team's blog today. "To ensure ongoing service reliability and operation, we must also update and enhance the Windows Update service itself, including its client-side software."

At Computerworld.

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