In my last blog , I wrote that Microsoft has finally gotten serious about security - and a lot of you weighed in. There were Microsoft-bashers and Microsoft defenders, and the twain didn’t meet.
Well, I’m back to say that there’s more evidence that the company has seen the light when it comes to security. The evidence this time: Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia admitted to CNet that the company’s attempts to harden its software against attacks is slowing down product rollouts.
“It’s absolutely slowed things down,” he told the news site. “This work is making our software come out not as quickly.”
Products affected include updates to developer tools and SQL Server, both of which will be delayed until next year. That, in turn could delay other Microsoft products whose development depends on those programs.
I think it’s more than likely that the continual slipping of Longhorn’s shipping date is tied to security work as well.
Now, I’m sure some of you will argue that security is just an excuse that Microsoft is using to hide behind - after all, when has a Microsoft product actually shipped on time? But this time around, the company isn’t using security as an excuse. In the past, Microsoft would rush products out the door, willy-nilly, and security be damned. That’s no longer the case. It’s now willing to risk shipping dates of its most lucrative products - including the core operating system - to make sure its software is secure. The cynical among you may say that this newfound focus on security comes only for business reasons, that Microsoft recognized unless it releases more secure software, competitors like Linux will become more popular.
I say, who cares why the company is doing it? For whatever reasons, Microsoft has seen the light. Yes, it may mean a slower product pipeline, but that’s better for all of us.
Do you think Microsoft has gotten serious about security? Let me know.