At Las Vegas' Comdex event, Chairman Bill Gates announced that Microsoft will soon be offering new products to combat spam, protect computer networks and track information that passes through users computers.
The ant-spam solution will be called SmartScreen and is a series of filters designed to work with Outlook and Outlook Express. It is designed to keep spam and malicious attachments from reaching a user's desktop. It will be available in the middle of 2004.
Internet Security and Acceleration Server is a new server-based firewall solution from Microsoft expected to be available first half of 2004.
Stuff I've Seen is a new feature set that will be incorporated into Longhorn, the next version of the Windows Operating System. It is designed to help users track files, e-mail, calendars, Web pages and other information.
Microsoft has been under attack for security holes built into their software, for failing to respond quickly to new threats and for creating an unwieldy system of patches that are difficult for network administrators to apply.