Redmond has found secure development skills in a number of partners, including a small Massachusetts company named Security Innovation.
The company, which has undergone a security development rebirth over the past six years, offers free tools to help outside developers build more secure software.
Jon Oltsik recommends that network administrators treat Microsoft's newest patch with urgency, but says the out-of-cycle release bodes well for the company's security efforts.
Microsoft blog admits extra ampersand led to security bug exploited by hackers since early July.
Microsoft products are much more secure than they were 10 years ago, security experts say.
New and Noteworthy: Mac Sales Grow Faster Than Windows PCs In Consumer Market; New iPhone usage facts revealed; more
Dan Kaminsky and others will make presentations to Microsoft employees at the company's eighth Blue Hat security conference.
Casting the blame for Internet security problems solely on Microsoft is unproductive and unjustified.
Hurdles still exist, but on the eve of a big security conference, industry execs say the prospect of vulnerability-free software may not be that far away.