Most Security Bugs Traced Back To Third Party Vendors, Says Microsoft

New Delhi: | Updated: Sep 30 2003, 05:30am hrs
Microsoft has claimed that the majority of the security bugs reported by the companys software users have been traced back to the code provided by the third party software vendors.

Addressing a media conference, Microsoft Corporation worldwide chief technology officer Craig Mundie currently in India on an official visit said, Almost 90 per cent of the problems, that are reported by the users as part of our automated feedback system, come from the code that is not provided by Microsoft.

We are extremely concerned about the security and Trustworthy Computing initiative of Microsoft is, in fact, aimed at making Microsoft products better in terms of security, privacy, reliability and business integrity, he added.

The company Monday rolled out local language computing programme called Project Bhasha in India.

Microsoft will also roll out interfaces for Windows and Office in 14 Indian languagesAssamese, Bengali, Gujarat, Gurumukhi, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malay-alam, Marathi, Oriya, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. In December this year, the company plans to launch Windows and Office in Hindi following which it plans to roll out two-three interfaces in local languages every two quarters.

Mr Mundie is in New Delhi till Tuesday and is scheduled to meet senior government officials, policy makers and academicians. This is his first visit to India.

We have invested a lot in supporting these languages as well as products supporting these languages. The Project Bhasha begins today and in next three years, we will launch Windows and Office in 14 other local languages, Mr Mundie said.

The company will focus on four areas--product localisation, community involvement, developer support and Bhasha portal. Under developer support, Microsoft India is planning to set up five centres of excellence across the country. Department of ITs chairman of the R&D working group (TDILTechnology Develop-ment for Indian Languages) professor N Balakrishnan will head these centres.

We have not yet decided the locations for these centres. However, these are most likely to come up in universities and engineering institutes, Microsoft Corp India managing director Rajiv Kaul said.