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 Feb 21, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* MS caught between rock and hard place

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Yahoo News has put up an article on an ironic twist - Microsoft being caught between a rock and a hard place on virus security.

Basically, if they work up free virus security too far, the virus security software makers like Mcafee will get mad, but if they try to SELL it, the customers become enraged.

"A very significant number of people, if they don't have a good security experience, they're going to hold it against Microsoft ? even if they're using another vendor," Moskowitz said.


Microsoft has worked feverishly to better secure its products, including updating Windows XP with a new firewall and other security measures. But given their widespread use, the products are near-constant targets of attacks that take advantage of loopholes and flaws to hijack computers, steal personal information and cripple businesses.

McAfee Inc. President Gene Hodges calls its new competitor an example of "capitalism at its best."

But he said it will only be a fair fight if all companies have a level playing field in which everyone sells, rather than gives away, products.

Microsoft's move to sell antivirus software appears fair so far, Hodges said, though he said Microsoft's decision to give away an antispyware product could hurt smaller players who can't afford such giveaways.
I never thought I'd feel sorry for Microsoft, but I do - they're stuck in an ultimate no-win situation on security, as well as being targets for more security hackers simply because they're the most widely used OS.

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