Saturday, April 18, 2009

Microsoft Claim Windows 7 Will Be More Secure Than Linux And Leopard

Will Windows 7 be the most secure operating system ever? Microsoft seem to think so. Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner made the following bold statement yesterday:

"Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is the safest, most reliable OS we’ve ever built. It’s also the most secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple Leopard. It’s the safest and most secure OS on the planet today. Everything that we’ve learned in Vista will be leveraged in Windows 7, but certainly when we broke a lot of the compatibility issues to lock down user account controls, to lock do

wn the ability to manipulate states and all the things, that was a very painful process for us to grow through, but we had to do it. And the reason that Windows 7 will be successful is because of the pain we took on Vista. Because from a compatibility standpoint, if it works on Vista, it will work on Windows 7. If it doesn’t work on Vista, it won’t work on Windows 7."

I’m glad he stopped short of saying that Windows 7 will be the most secure operating system in the universe!

I have to say that I tend to agree with Kevin Turner. No OS is probed and attacked as often as Windows, yet it manages to keep its users safe. Yes there are always stories in the press about individuals and users who have been infected…but in the majority of cases these users haven’t taken the necessary steps to protect themselves i.e. downloading the latest virus definitions or running a decent firewall.

Gone are the days of 15 year old hackers thinking it was funny to send porn links via viruses. Most hackers now operate purely for commercial gain, and one of the reasons why hackers don’t probe Linux or Leopard as thoroughly as Windows is because even if they were successful the potential returns would be less because there are fewer users.

Producing Windows 7 has been a major undertaking for Microsoft and so far the signs are that it’s going to be major success, and it is unlikely that users will be as reluctant to Buy Windows 7 as they were with Windows Vista. Microsoft should be applauded for making an OS that can work with the millions of different hardware combinations that are possible with PCs, that provides a stable platform for developers, and that is also very safe.

With Windows 7, Microsoft finally might become cool.

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