By Brian Livingston
It’s not every day that Microsoft says a new feature of Windows is not going to change, and then user outcry causes the software giant to change its mind.
But that’s what happened in the past few days, and we thought the turnabout was important enough for us to put out a special news update of Windows Secrets just to alert you.
Today’s news update consists of a single article by contributing editor Woody Leonhard. You can read his column to learn how a flaw that would have allowed hackers to circumvent the User Account Control protection in the forthcoming Windows 7 was decried by beta testers.
Microsoft reversed course, to its credit, after Woody published in Windows Secrets seven days ago a scathing critique of the company’s tone-deafness to the problem. We can’t claim that Microsoft changed its mind because of Woody’s column alone, but Woody was definitely one of several experts who demanded a resolution to the issue.
Our news update is being sent today only to the paid subscribers of Windows Secrets, because Woody’s original column appeared in our paid content and we want to give you a quick follow-up in case you’re beta-testing Windows 7. In our regularly scheduled content that’s coming up tomorrow, we’ll inform our free subscribers and give them links for more details.
That’s it for today. We’ll see you with more articles on Feb. 12!
Brian Livingston is editorial director of WindowsSecrets.com and co-author of Windows Vista Secrets and 10 other books.
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