Feds seek better Microsoft security

Wednesday, 5 June 2002, 11:32 AM EST

Government technology officials, tired of security holes in Microsoft's products, are discussing whether to use their collective purchasing power to force changes in the way the software giant does business.

Their efforts got a boost Tuesday when consumer activist Ralph Nader joined the cause in a letter to the White House saying that changes in purchasing policy may be more effective and palatable to the administration than antitrust sanctions.

The Bush administration gave a cool response to the four-year antitrust case against Microsoft, which it inherited from the Clinton administration, settling it last year on terms that many critics found too weak.

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