Microsoft is touting a new set of security features designed to lock down Word and Excel. The software giant said it hopes the move will end Office's run as a favourite target of malware authors and remote attackers.
Josh Edwards, technical product manager for Microsoft Office, explained in an interview with vnunet.com that Microsoft completely restructured the way it approaches security in the latest release of Office.
Edwards said that the new approach began three years ago when the company realised that it had to make security a central priority.
"The idea was how we could integrate security in such a way that it is not a feature, but more of a philosophy," he said.
In order to shift security to centre stage, Microsoft took several steps to ensure that security research was integrated into the development process for Office.