Microsoft Priority No. 1: Trust
Microsoft's conversion in the past year to embrace security as a corporate mission is cause for a shout of hallelujahalmost.Microsofts conversion in the past year to embrace security as a corporate mission is cause for a shout of hallelujahalmost. The Secure Windows Initiative was launched a year ago, but the turning point came in January, when Bill Gates issued a memo exhorting employees to put security ahead of all else, including functionality. Last month, Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Craig Mundie said that security is so important it will take precedence over backward compatibility. Hold on a minute. Its great that Microsoft has gotten religion with regard to security. But customers are entitled to bristle when the company casually discards backward compatibility in the bargain.
Is Mundie finally admitting what many Microsoft haters believe, that Microsoft products are so fundamentally insecure that the entire legacy must be scrapped? What does that say about Microsofts credibility in promoting these products, not to mention the skill of its architects and programmers in building them? And does this mean Microsoft must enact a forced user migration to generate a license revenue stream to pay for the building of new, secure software?