Readers wouldn't buy security products from Microsoft

Monday, 1 December 2003, 1:11 PM EST

Microsoft's latest security initiative, "Securing the Perimeter," shows it hasn't given up in its battle against hackers and virus writers. But it appears the software giant has a long ways to go to win the trust of InternetWeek readers.

An overwhelming majority of respondents to an InternetWeek QuickPoll said they weren't interested in the security products the Redmond, Wash., company plans to sell as part of its new initiative, which is the most significant security announcement since Chairman Bill Gates unveiled the company's "Trustworthy Computing" plans in January 2002.

Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system makes it the favorite target for malevolent code writers, whose cyberattacks this summer damaged corporate networks and hundreds of thousands of home PCs.

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