Microsoft, under attack, aims to offer security

Tuesday, 6 July 2004, 3:22 PM EST

Two and a half years after launching its Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft Corp. is finding its products the target of escalating attacks, to the extent that some security experts are even warning that the company's Internet Explorer (IE) browser is simply not safe to use.

While the company has been trying to take these slings and arrows in its stride, claiming they are an unfortunate side effect of being a market leader and that it's doing all it can to defend itself, users seem to be looking for reassurance that Trustworthy Computing will pay off -- and soon.

"They've launched this Trustworthy Computing campaign and they are still issuing all these patches. They shouldn't make things so complex. When is it going to get better?" asked software developer Michael Kranawetter. He was interviewed on the floor of last week's Tech Ed conference in Amsterdam where some 6,000 software developers and IT professionals gathered to hear the latest in Microsoft development news.

By Scarlet Pruitt at Info World.

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