April 25, 2005 4:00 AM PDT
Microsoft: 'Trusted Windows' still coming, trust us
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hardware requirements involved have forced the company to again alter its plans.
The question now is when, or if, Microsoft's broader vision will see the light of day.
The chips that support the Trusted Platform Module standard have already reached the market, though a new version, TPM 1.2, will be the basis for Longhorn. HP, for example, plans to start shipping later this summer a new business desktop with a TPM 1.2 chip from Broadcom.
"As the first systems to feature an integrated TPM 1.2 security module, these new PCs will help to enable the recently announced Secure Startup feature in Longhorn," Microsoft Senior Vice President Will Poole said in a statement. "The delivery of these new systems represents a major milestone in achieving the vision of next-generation hardware-rooted security capabilities in the Microsoft Windows platform."
But Wilson would offer no road map for how Microsoft gets from its fairly narrow secure boot-up feature to its broad concept of a more secure way to run sensitive code within Windows.
"We are continuing to work on other aspects of the vision," Wilson said. "The timing schedule is still being worked out."
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