Microsoft Devotes More of R&D Budget to Security

Gates: Only 20 percent of customers use up-to-date software.

Microsoft Corp. this week said it would devote a larger part of its massive $6.8 billion research and development budget to making its software more secure and reliable. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Microsoft wants to boost the number of secure computers by updating software automatically via the Internet. Gates said that only 20 percent of customers, including corporate users, use up-to-date software. "We need to drive that to be greater than 90 percent," he said.

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