FIPS security nod is coming for Windows NT

FIPS security nod is coming for Windows NT

MONTGOMERY, Ala.'Microsoft Corp. president Steve Ballmer said that Windows NT 4.0 will receive security certification under Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 by the end of next month.

The approval by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will cover NT's Internet Information Server, Outlook and Internet Explorer 5.0 components.

The forthcoming Service Pack 6 for NT 4.0 will contain the FIPS-evaluated code, Ballmer said.

In a keynote speech at the Air Force Information Technology Conference, Ballmer acknowledged that key Microsoft products were lagging in the FIPS security certification process.

He said in an interview that Microsoft's federal group 'needed a senior R&D leader to eat, drink and breathe federal issues' such as FIPS certification, and that he had directed the company to find such a person.

The outspoken Ballmer used the Air Force conference to take a shot at Java, the development language touted by Microsoft rival Sun Microsystems Inc. He predicted that the Extensible Markup Language, not Java, will be viewed as 'the biggest architectural revolution of the late 1990s.'

Microsoft developers see XML as the 'core to all future product functions,' he said.

Tool talk

He said the company will deliver a tool called Biztalk designed to let developers create an XML framework as a universal information exchange medium for components.

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