Considering all the talk about Microsoft products and security around here as of late I found the following rather amusing. Seems Microsoft is about to hold its second annual Worldwide Partner Conference and they plan to claim that they have a competitive advantage thanks to the security of their products.
Attendees at last year’s event, in New Orleans, cheered when Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer addressed head-on some of the security challenges the software maker faces and outlined steps it said it would take to address them.
However, Microsoft has yet to deliver on most of the promises Ballmer made. For example, customers are still waiting for a single patching experience and an update to the Software Update Services (SUS) patch management tool, both of which Ballmer said would be out in the first half of 2004, and both of which have been delayed.
Additionally, Ballmer promoted the security enhancements in Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. That update was scheduled to be released in the first half of the year but has also been delayed and is now expected some time in the third quarter.
As a result, many of Microsoft’s partners will come to Toronto with the same concerns about security that they had last year, said Paul DeGroot, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft Inc. The concerns may have even grown because of the recent attacks on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser, he said.
Sounds like Microsoft is taking a page from the play book of Evangelical Christians in terms of “if I repeat it enough times then it’ll be true” approach to describing reality.