One of the most important features shipping in Windows Vista has also become the most contentious: User Account Control. While businesses and users alike have asked for improved security, the feature's barrage of pop-up windows has left those running beta builds simply annoyed.
Microsoft senior product manager for Windows Vista security Russel Humphries promised UAC would be "refined" in future builds. Beta 2 made a number of changes to reduce the number of end-user prompts, he said, and an upcoming CTP build will simplify things further."
Microsoft will not, however, utilize a "sticky" verification process. Apple's Mac OS X operating system only asks users to enter their password once and it is remembered for the rest of the time they are logged on. Humphries said this could open the door to security attacks, even if the possibility is minimal.
Nonetheless, Microsoft promises it will address the feedback it has received as it prepares Windows Vista Release Candidate 1, and intends to make refinements as needed. "Security is a process," Humphries said, "not just a feature."