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Microsoft Update keeps Office secure, says researcher
A move Microsoft made nearly five years ago has kept users of the company's Office suite safer, a security researcher contended today.
Richie Lai, director of vulnerability research at security company Qualys, credited Microsoft's creation of the optional Microsoft Update service in June 2005 for making sure that more Office users keep their applications up-to-date.
"There was a time when Microsoft had only Office Update," Lai said, referring to Microsoft Update's predecessor. "Then, older versions [of Office] needed to be updated separately from Windows."
Lai was reacting to Microsoft's newest "Security Intelligence Report", published yesterday. In the report, Microsoft cited the growth in Microsoft Update use, a service that combines automatic updates for Windows -- which can also be obtained through the better-known Windows Update service -- with fixes, patches and service pack updates for Office. Microsoft Update use increased 16% in the second half of 2009 compared to the first six months of the year, the company said.
Before mid-2005 and Microsoft Update, Office users needed to run two update services -- one for Windows, another for Office -- to keep their operating systems and applications up-to-date. (Microsoft retired Office Update in July 2009 as part of an effort to streamline its patching programs.) The dual -- and dueling -- services were also responsible for many older editions of Office left unpatched, Lai argued, a fact that Microsoft also promoted as it made a case for keeping the suite updated.
Microsoft Update keeps Office secure, says researcher - Computerworld
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