Amid its current troubles, Microsoft was taking comfort from the continuing spread of NT within UK government departments, at a Nato conference in Brussels yesterday.
Microsoft's Office 97 is now standard at the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). And a slightly modified Windows NT is fast emerging as a de facto standard in the ministry, Microsoft's MoD business manager Jeremy Smith told the conference on Nato enlargement.
Smith said: "We supply the ministry with a package called Windows NT-SE, which means security enhanced. The enhancement allows the customer to add their own highly complex algorithms for added security."
Smith told the audience of Nato officials and experts that standard Microsoft software was cheaper, more adaptable and easier to use than the 'bespoke' software traditionally favoured by governments.
Microsoft's customised Windows NT-SE was specifically written in the UK to satisfy the security needs of the MoD and is the first Microsoft-approved secure code written outside the US, he added.
Other ministries are expected to announce similar moves to Windows NT-SE and Office software in the near future.
"We offer affordable software that the end user is often already comfortable with. The security modifications are simply hooks that allow that extra safety the departments of defence need," said Smith.
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