New Windows OS boosts security
For years, programmers at Microsoft and elsewhere have worked to make it easier for devices like cell phones and personal digital assistants to work instantly and easily with computers. Now, Microsoft is working to make it a little harder.
The reason: As such devices including Apple Computer's popular iPods become capable of holding more data, some worry people could use them to steal data or unleash virus attacks on business networks.
With its next version of Windows, dubbed Longhorn and due out in 2006, Microsoft is working on technology that will give companies more control over whether to prohibit devices that can easily be used to transfer data to and from personal computers, said Greg Sullivan, a lead product manager.
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