Saturday, August 12, 2006

Microsoft monopoly in Security business

Digg it!
Microsoft, the maker of Windows was supposed to be responsible for security in its product (Windows). Instead, what MS is doing is that they are putting up services such as Live Onecare, and selling these services for around 50$.
If Microsoft can fix Windows with OneCare, why not they do it directly within windows or via LiveUpdate?
It is bad that Microsoft charges its customers for a service that should have been part of the standard operating system itself.
And Windows Live OneCare is currently available in the U.S. only.

Then, the point here is that Microsoft is trying to suppress other players in the Security business.(Remember, thats what happened with IE and Windows in the Browser wars and,but IE was free,and OneCare isn't)
What Microsoft has done is that they locked up the kernel code of Windows Vista.
Security firms such as Symantec(Norton) argues that security features in the Windows Vista kernel obstruct innovations by antivirus and other security applications

"If security vendors don’t have access to the platform kernel, it cuts down on our ability to innovate and create compatible solutions," Oliver Friedrichs, director of emerging technologies in Symantec Security Response wrote on the company's website.

He alleged that Microsoft is forcing end users to only use solutions offered or allowed by the software vendor, thereby stifling competition and innovation in the security industry.

Windows Live OneCare might not run, or it might slow the performance of your computer, if you install it when other antivirus or firewall programs are also installed on your computer. During Setup, Windows Live OneCare checks for the some common antivirus and firewall programs that are known to conflict with Windows Live OneCare and provides means for you to uninstall them.

Antivirus and firewall programs known to conflict with Windows Live OneCare:
-Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005
-Symantec Norton Antivirus 2005
-Symantec Norton SystemWorks 2005
-McAfee Internet Security Suite 2005
-McAfee VirusScan 8.0/2004
-Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2005



References:
-http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2162150/symantec-cries-foul-vista
-http://www.windowsonecare.com/purchase/sysreq.aspx
-http://www.windowsonecare.com/prodinfo/Default.aspx

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