Microsoft promises heavy investment to tackle security threats

Thursday, 17 February 2005, 2:40 PM EST

Microsoft is spending a third of its $6bn research and development budget on IT security.

Chairman Bill Gates speaking at the RSA conference admitted that security concerns were harming the potential of the internet to provide new services to the public.

He said that Microsoft was investing heavily to tackle security issues, including revamping its Internet Explorer web browser, updating Windows 2003 with features to quarantine rogue PCs on corporate networks and a raft of development efforts to curb spyware and phishing.

By Bill Goodwin at MicroScope.

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