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Security

Microsoft on the defensive

CEO Steve Ballmer re-emphasizes Microsoft's "top priority" efforts to make its software more secure, and ties in the company's campaign against open source. Also: new defenses for MSN, Hotmail.

CEO Steve Ballmer re-emphasizes Microsoft's "top priority" efforts to make its software more secure, and ties in the company's campaign against open source. Also: new defenses for MSN, Hotmail.


The CEO defends Microsoft's efforts to protect its software against attacks and says open-source rivals can't match the software giant on security.
October 21, 2003


Microsoft strikes a deal to package antivirus and firewall products from McAfee with its MSN Premium Internet service to help users fend off virus attacks and hackers
October 17, 2003


The software maker releases its first monthly security update, following a new schedule that attempts to ease the load on overburdened system administrators.
October 15, 2003


Microsoft fixes a security flaw in Hotmail that would have left the widely used Web-based e-mail service vulnerable to collapse at the hands of online vandals.
October 15, 2003