Microsoft to broaden security-patch software

Wednesday, 17 March 2004, 12:05 PM EST

In a move to quiet customer complaints about the difficulty of securing its software against cyberattacks, Microsoft on Tuesday said it plans to release technology this year for making sure its latest patches are downloaded to more PCs.

Microsoft plans to release during the second half of the year software called Windows Update Services that it says will let companies download and install security patches it issues to fix vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, and other Microsoft products. The software, to be available as a free download for customers running Windows Server 2003, aims to replace a hodgepodge of installation techniques used by small and midsize companies today, senior VP Bob Muglia said during an interview at the Microsoft Management Summit conference in Las Vegas.

By Aaron Ricadela at InformationWeek.

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