This goes deeper into the story to explain why this announcement is more significant than it may seem and what it tells us about today’s Microsoft and the continuities you can still find with the Gates-era Microsoft.
Ten years ago yesterday, Bill Gates sent out his Trustworthy Computing memo that marked a significant change in the culture at Microsoft and put security, privacy and reliability at the center of the company as ideals.
I was at Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Security Response Center when that came out. And until I left Microsoft in December 2010, I was involved in security and privacy. So I have a former insider’s long-term view of what that was all like.
As my former colleagues are marking the occasion I’m sharing my own thoughts on what it meant then and what it means for the future.