RE: Microsoft to ship new versions with firewall enabled

John Neiberger wrote:
> Hmm...I didn't even know XP had a built-in firewall. Any bets on how
> long it is before other companies with software firewall products bring
> suit against Microsoft for bundling a firewall in the OS?
> --

No clue, but I can tell you how long it will last before ISP helpdesks
disable the firewall.

About 30 seconds, for my customers. In fact, when you configure a dialup
connection, the firewall *is* enabled by default, until walk them through
turning it off? Why? Because after anywhere from 2 days to 2 months,
suddenly things just stop working...usually POP3, but often SMTP, HTTP or
HTTPS. Like many things MS, it's broken.