Windows: security is suddenly job one
Microsoft has always promoted new versions of Windows by talking up features designed to make computer use easier and more fun. The prosaically named Windows XP Service Pack 2 is starkly different. While it amounts to a major release in size and scope, it could also be called the cod liver oil of software upgrades: nasty but good for you.
SP2, which was published on Aug. 6 and will be available through the Windows Update service by the end of the month, is an outgrowth of Microsoft's two-year-old initiative to fix Windows' pervasive security problems. It marks a reversal of Microsoft philosophy that routinely favored convenience over security.
By Stephen H. Wildstrom at Business Week.
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