Microsoft Outlook patch delayed again
- By IDG News Service, Martyn Williams
- Jun 07, 2000
Microsoft Corp. said the security patch announced three weeks ago for its
Outlook 98 and 2000 e-mail clients will likely be released within the next
"They are doing extensive testing and targeting the next couple of weeks
[for release of the final version]," a spokeswoman said today.
Microsoft first announced the Outlook patch in mid-May as beta software.
The patch was issued in response to a growing number of virus attacks on
the vendor's e-mail software, culminating with the "ILOVEYOU" virus.
The company originally planned to release a full version of the patch in
the week of May 22. However, late that week, the company said it was modifying
the patch at the suggestion of users and would delay the release by a week.
Further rounds of compatibility testing have led to more delays, the Microsoft
The patch will make it much more difficult for Outlook to launch and pass
on e-mail messages carrying computer viruses. A byproduct of the patch is
that some Outlook functionality is removed — certain attachments cannot
be read, for example — but Microsoft says a growing number of users are
willing to sacrifice such features in return for a higher level of security.