Microsoft has admitted a catalogue of errors with version 3.x of Internet Explorer, but has promised to do better in the future.
The company posted a patch to its Web site today to fix yet another security hole in its browser. Martin Gregory, Internet product manager at Microsoft UK, said: ?We view security in IE very seriously indeed. We?ve acted in a responsible way, keeping customers informed at every step.?
He said that as soon as MS discovered the problem it released version 3.02 of Internet Explorer. ?We?ve built in auto-proxy with this version, which corporates have asked for. The second change is auto configuration," he said.
But the fact that Internet Explorer was free did not mean it had under-developed security features, said Gregory. ?We?ve formed a dedicated testing team and their role in life is to try and break our products,? he said. ?The browser stands on its own strength whether it?s free or not.?
The UK apology follows a similar statement by Microsoft in the US. Brad Silverberg, senior vice president of applications and the Internet client group, apologised to all the company's customers on its US site. He said: ?Let me begin by apologising both for having these data security issues in the first place and for the inconvenience of your having to download the software that fixes them.?
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