When it comes to security, Microsoft has quite a colorful history. The downright ubiquitous success that Windows 95 enjoyed back in the day made it the de facto target of hackers and cybercriminals.

This continued all the way to other versions, from Windows 98 to Windows XP. Microsoft ultimately tightened the screws in Windows Vista, and Windows 7 further went ahead in its quest to provide waterproof security.

And the results are finally starting to show.

Talking about Microsoft’s security enhancements to the Help Net Security website, Amol Sarwate, the director of Qualys Vulnerability Labs said that the Microsoft had significantly improved the security of its products.

“On the flip side, there were vulnerabilities discovered in brand new products like Windows RT, Windows 8, as well as the latest versions of Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. This has been a trend with all vendors and although newer products are getting more secure we believe that attackers and security researchers will continue finding security flaws is newer products.”

In fact according to Amol, Microsoft had the most mature security process in the industry for 2012.

This is far cry (in a good way) from the state of affairs in the late 90s up until the end of last decade. Back then the Redmond giant had its hand full when it came to security, with threats and flaws being reported at regular intervals.

Particularly zero-day exploits. The number of exploits discovered before Microsoft releases a patch has gone down from 7 in 2011 to 5 last year — this 29 percent decrease being a sure sign of increased emphasis on security at Redmond campuses.

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