Microsoft has dropped plans to include native support for RSA security tokens in Windows Vista.
Microsoft had been considering including support for RSA’s SecureID tokens for well over a year, running tests on the technology, which is designed to protect systems from unauthorised access and online fraud.
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Native support would have allowed companies to roll out the “two-factor” protection to desktops more easily.
But Microsoft has now said native support won’t be included in Vista. Firms wishing to use tokens will have to spend more time on their desktops to get them ready to use the technology.
It is thought that the late appearance of Vista and a backlog in overall testing of the OS played a part in Microsoft’s decision.
Microsoft claims that the demand for native support for the tokens isn’t necessarily there, with organisations considering other security solutions.