If Office XP's So Great, How Come Microsoft Uses Word 97?

Microsoft disputed a security expert's report on Monday that a Microsoft white paper describing security enhancements in Office XP was created using Office 97.

But a review by Newsbytes of numerous Word documents recently posted at Microsoft's site confirmed that the company may not be following its advice to customers that they upgrade to Office XP.

According to an analysis of file header information by Richard M. Smith, an independent security and privacy consultant, the white paper, "Microsoft Office XP Security," was composed using Word 97, which has been superseded by Word 2000 and XP's Word 2002.

A Microsoft representative responded to Smith's report by noting that the Office XP Security white paper's document properties summary showed that it was created in "Word Version 9.0," which is an internal name for Office 2000, the forerunner to Office XP.

News source: washingtonpost.com - Newsbyte

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