posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 12:19 PM
From reading the quotes of Bill Gates, I think he is referring not just to himself/Microsoft but also all software design houses.
Despite Microsoft having tremendous power in the computing industry, blame should not fall solely on them!
What Gates was getting at is engineering anti-spam/anti-virus functions into individual programs. It is expected that every user should HAVE TO
purchase firewall and anti-virus software for their PC, but for some people they are either new to this form of technology or perhaps simply can't
By having programs that manage this type of security themselves, it is very likely the amount of virus-related issues would greatly decrease.
At least Microsoft is trying to reduce such issues with macro virus protection built into their Office software, malicious script detection
functionality built into their e-mail and Internet programs, as well as firewall and basic anti-virus operations in their O.S.
[Edited on 1-9-2003 by SimonGray]