Gates updates customers on Trustworthy Computing

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates sent an e-mail to some Microsoft customers Friday updating them on the company's Trustworthy Computing initiative and reminding them that they too have a significant role to play in securing their computer systems.

Gates announced the Trustworthy Computing initiative in January in a memo to Microsoft employees that was also released to the media. In that memo, Gates said that despite all the features added to Microsoft's products over the years, none of them were important if the products were not also secure.

"So now, when we face a choice between adding features and resolving security issues, we need to choose security," he wrote at the time.

To that end, Microsoft engineers were directed to spend the month of February reviewing Windows source code for security holes and fixing them.

In Friday's e-mail, Gates said that work took twice as long as expected, and would be extended to Microsoft Office and Visual Studio .Net in the future.

Broadening such efforts is likely needed as Microsoft has issued patches for numerous security vulnerabilities in other products besides Windows since February. In the last three months, the company has patched flaws in it SQL Server, Internet Explorer Web browser, Exchange e-mail server, debugging program and instant messaging clients.

In Friday's email Gates also touted the security assessment tools, such as Baseline Security Analyzer and Software Service Update, that Microsoft has released since January.

Microsoft customers will also have to be active participants in achieving better security, Gates wrote.

To do this, customers should use the bug-reporting features built into Office XP and Windows XP, use Windows Update to keep up to date with security patches, and use the company's security assessment tools, he wrote.

"Microsoft is fully committed to (Trustworthy Computing), but it is not something we can do alone," Gates wrote. "It requires the leadership of many others in our industry and a commitment by customers to establish and maintain a secure and reliable computing environment."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sam Costello

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?