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Bad Microsoft news day

Joe Conley on Thursday, 27 July 2006.

Gates spoof on Letterman

Man there's a lot of bad news for Microsoft lately. First, computer security company Symantec is claiming that when the Windows team rewrote the network protocol stack for Vista, that they actually made it less secure. Also, even with the new security that provides very ample and annoying notifications when applications try to change important system settings, non-administrator system accounts can be subject to priviledge-escalation attacks, allowing a program to do more than it should be able to do. Symantec also said they will be reporting about issues they have with security in the windows kernel as well.

If that weren't enough, according to Bill, Vista could possibly be delayed...AGAIN:

"Good old Bill Gates himself told partners in South Africa that there was an 80 percent chance that Vista would be ready for its January release date next. If you do the math, that leaves a 20 percent chance that it will delayed once again. The chance of further delays could hinge on the Beta testing and final refinement of the up coming OS. "We've got to get this absolutely right. If the feedback from beta tests show it is not ready for prime time, I'd be glad to delay it," Gates had said."

You heard right, the OS that was originally scheduled to be released in 2005, but was delayed I don't even know how many times, could potentially be delayed past it's current January 2007 target.

If all this news has gotten you a little depressed, maybe you can at least have a laugh at this video:

Bill Gates spoof on Letterman