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42 Amusing Vista security claims

Wednesday 31st January, 2007

This article has been prominent in technology section of the BBC News page.

Windows Vista is "dramatically more secure than any other operating system released", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told BBC News.

When I first read that statement, I burst out laughing. It had to be a joke. OpenBSD sprang straight to mind. It couldn't be a serious claim. Further on, the article says:

Security analysts have praised the improved tools in Vista but many feel that holes in the operating system eventually will be exposed and that Microsoft will continue to need to update it through online patches.

Well, you know what? The first service pack is already being built! That means that there are known bugs. "How long before Vista SP1 is released" = "How long before known Vista bugs are patched". Well, here's a rough guideline for you; with Windows XP, it took 11 months.