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FYI: "Microsoft to secure IE for XP only"

by John Robie / September 23, 2004 5:18 AM PDT

"Microsoft is eyeing the nearly half of the world's 390 million Windows users who have opted to stick with operating systems older than XP, including Windows versions 2000, ME, 98 and 95."

"Of Microsoft's approximately 390 million operating system installations around the world, Windows XP Pro constitutes 26.1 percent, Windows XP Home 24.7 percent, IDC said.
The remaining 49.2 percent is composed of Windows 2000 Professional (17.5 percent), Windows 98 (14.9 percent), Windows ME (6.5 percent), Windows 95 (5.4 percent), and Windows NT Workstation (4.9 percent)."

"That 49.2 percent of Windows users are left out in the cold when it comes to significant updates to IE and other software."

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Re: FYI: "Microsoft to secure IE for XP only"
by Josh K / September 23, 2004 5:30 AM PDT
The Internet's security mess has proved profitable for many companies, particularly antivirus firms. Microsoft has declared security job No. 1.

Well, I'd say that obscene profits are job #1. Security, based on what I've seen over the last few years, is maybe job 12 or 13. Maybe. Quality, as every MS software user knows, is job 1.1 Service Pack 3a.

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Microsoft to customers:
by Dan McC / September 23, 2004 5:39 AM PDT

"Screw you!!!"

They just didn't put it that clearly in the press release.


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I just now downloaded
by John Robie / September 23, 2004 5:50 AM PDT

Firefox for this machine.
Now going to get it for my Win98se & WinMe desktops.

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MIcrosoft is doing these people a favor...
by EdH / September 23, 2004 6:28 AM PDT
In reply to: I just now downloaded

By not supporting that piece of crud. Anyone still running IE is in my opinion a fool. I hope this announcement drives even more users to grab Mozilla, Firefox or Opera, all of which are faster and more secure than Internet Explorer.

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Re: MIcrosoft is doing these people a favor...
by John Robie / September 23, 2004 7:18 AM PDT

Well, the hackers/crackers are after MS IE because it is MS and the largest browser in use (95%).
Someone mentioned in one of the forums that the hackers/crackers could do the same with Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, etc....if they get larger in numbers approaching MS, or if Billy had a way of purchasing the other browsers (you know with a monopoly) then the hackers would have those browsers needing as many patches/fixes as IE. So, the big bad MS is tackled right now as a favorite.

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The subject is a wee bit misleading...
by Edward ODaniel / September 23, 2004 6:56 AM PDT

because Microsoft will continue providing SECURITY PATCHES as they have in the past.

This is more like MSIE 6 and Win 3.1/Win 95 users not being able to get and use it without upgrading to win 98, or Win NT 4 users not being able to get the latest version of Windows Messenger and use its new features.

From the cited article:

Microsoft promised "ongoing security updates" for all supported versions of Windows and IE.

The ongoing security updates do not, as Microsoft points out, include the latest security fixes with Service Pack 2, released last month. Those include a new pop-up blocker and a new system of handling ActiveX controls and downloaded content.

And it's those more substantial changes, rather than the bug fixes that come with routine upgrades for supported products, that security organizations have lauded for addressing IE's graver security concerns.

Those changes result from new capabilities added in SP2 and are not a component of earlier versions of windows.

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