Windows: security is suddenly job one

Monday, 16 August 2004, 10:41 AM EST

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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