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Microsoft enlists developers in security push

Microsoft is preparing updates to its programming tools that will be released in tandem with Windows XP Service Pack 2, a security-oriented release due out later this year. The company is building service packs for its Visual Studio.Net 2003 development tool and the .Net Framework–the software plumbing, or “runtime,” needed to run Web services applications on Windows, a Microsoft executive told CNET News.com. The changes, which are designed to guide developers on how to use the latest security features, are slated for release around the middle of the year, which is when Microsoft plans to ship Windows XP SP2. “We’re going to aim to have the release of (Windows XP SP2 and the tools service packs) as close as possible. Ideally, they’ll come out together,” said Tony Goodhew, product manager in Microsoft’s developer division. Full Story

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