We also had the tragic events of September 11th, and I know for everyone that's caused us to step back, think about our priorities. It's a tragedy that affects us personally and affects our businesses. For the computer industry in particular, I think it highlights the importance of security, giving that far more importance than we've had in the past. We don't want our digital systems to have weaknesses that allow for tragedies, exploiting the weaknesses that are there. And so there's a renewed sense of focus on that.
Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems, then people will hold back.
The time is really now to change these things. That's true from the point of view of the relationship between the rich world and the poor world, it's true from a security point of view, an economic point of view. ... We're hopeful that the U.S. and other governments will see this as a turning point,
That kernel operating system ... is not the key area, it is the software you have to buy on top of that to deal with management, security and directories and things like that.
Security is one of the few things that, if we don't do it right, could take this vision I have talked about and really hold it back,
Software is providing power, but software has got to provide simplicity. And that's why our investment levels are going up, investments in the toughest problems security, privacy, speech recognition, video recognition, and all of those things will fold into this platform.
It's a big challenge, but we have to make sure that security is not the thing that holds us back.
If you look at our investment in the next version of Windows, security would jump out as the thing we've spent the most time on. Microsoft has a big responsibility here.
avoid the kinds of security problems people have had.
There is information out in the Internet, out in the cloud, that could be working on your behalf, ... .NET as a platform for next generation Internet integrates privacy, security and puts information where you want it. The user experience will become a lot richer and put the user back in control.
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