Firewall Vendors Wary of Microsoft Rivalry - Computer Business Review "Microsoft Corp's announcement yesterday of its imminent entry into the personal firewall market was expected, but it is still concerning for some companies already playing in that space.
The company has been flagging up advanced firewall features of Windows XP Service Pack 2 for some time, and Bill Gates yesterday revealed some of the Windows Firewall features that will be turned on by default in the forthcoming release.
"SP2 is a release that's totally focused on security," he said. "And, in fact, today this is the primary focus of the Windows team...we prioritized resources and activities around what's an intermediate release under the name SP2, which is just security-oriented.""
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