Microsoft To Demo 'Palladium' At WinHEC

Microsoft in May plans to show early prototypes of computers using its Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) technology, a combination of new hardware and software that Microsoft says will boost PC security but that critics fear could be a scourge for user freedom.

At its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in New Orleans, Microsoft also plans to share more technical details of the nascent NGSCB technology, formerly known by its Palladium code name, Brandon Baker, a Microsoft security development engineer, said Wednesday.

Further details and demonstrations of the security technology are planned for October, at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles , Baker said. NGSCB is to be included in a future version of Windows, possibly in Windows XP successor Longhorn, scheduled for release in 2005, he said.

"We expect to be able to talk more about (development) progress and provide additional technical details first at WinHEC in May and then at the PDC later this year. We also hope to show very early prototypes of an NGSCB system, both software and hardware, at these events," Baker said in an interview via e-mail.

News source: IDG News Service

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