Will security fallout dull Microsoft lonestar's shine?

Friday, 14 November 2003, 11:31 AM EST

If it's the Sunday night before Comdex, it must be time for yet another Bill Gates keynote. And, if recent history offers any guidance, we can expect get an earful about the Tablet PC.

But if I were a betting woman heading off to Sin City this year, I'd wager that Gates won't be waxing poetic to the extent he usually does about the coolest, newest gadgets that are part of Microsoft's vision for the digital decade. Instead, I'm expecting Gates & Co. to spend a lot more time focusing on Microsoft monumental security problems and its strategy to combat its seemingly endless parade of patches.

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