Microsoft Talks How It Stopped Working On Windows In 2002 To Focus On Security

Work on Windows never stops at Redmond. Or so we’ve heard. While select teams are working round the clock on Microsoft’s most important product, there have been exceptions to the rule.

The company has shared a story talking about how it briefly halted development in February 2002.

Microsoft was, without a reasonable doubt, the most targeted software company at the start of last decade. Things actually got so much out of hand between late 1990s and early 2000s that the software titan had to take some drastic measures.

The Windows operating system was the biggest target of cybercriminals back then. The “Code Red” virus in 2001, for instance, wreaked havoc by infecting more than 200,000 Windows PCs in two weeks flat.

It was in January 2002, then, that company co-founder Bill Gates issued a memo to all employees of his vision that he called “Trustworthy Computing”.

And in a new article, titled “Life in the Digital Crosshairs”, the company has shared more information about the early days of this remarkable effort to enhance and increase the security of its products.

One month after the memo, Microsoft decided to stop development work on Windows in order to train its software developers on security — twice a day, five times a week, no prisoners.

This phase, Microsoft says, ended up lasting two months.

Normal service then resumed. But with the clearly evident benefit that subsequent Microsoft operating systems and software products became inherently more secure, with the newer ones offering almost watertight security, considering just how widely they are in use the world over.

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