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Gates Opens Up on Security

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bill Gates used his keynote speech at the RSA Conference here today to shout about the companys strategy of “trustworthy computing.”

No doubt conscious of the fact that vulnerabilities in Microsoft software are the cause of many a migraine for IT managers, the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Chairman and Chief Software Architect offered some insight into what is going on behind the scenes in Redmond.

Over the last few months, the company has kept busy snapping up security vendors, and Gates explained where these fit into the Microsoft masterplan. Last week, for example, Microsoft acquired startup Sybari Software Inc. after using the vendor’s products to protect its own communications networks (see Microsoft Snaps Up Sybari).

Gates promised that Sybari’s core technology, which protects messaging servers from the likes of spam, viruses, and worms, will reemerge later in 2005. “We’re on a path to deliver a product that includes anti-virus by the end of this year,” he said.

The company is also overhauling the infrastructure it uses to provide Windows security updates, bringing together a number of different interfaces onto a single database. This will allow users to obtain automatic updates, according to Gates. Microsoft will roll out the beta version of the new infrastructure in March, he added.

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