Monday, March 07, 2005

Good Take on Microsoft's Push into Security

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Microsoft's decision to give away anti-spyware software is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it's great that the company is finally addressing this important problem but I worry that the free product could have a negative effect on other companies that are developing what are likely to be far more robust anti-spyware programs.

The worst situation would be for Microsoft to be one of the only anti-spyware vendors around. That would not only hurt competitors but offer fewer choices to consumers and, worse, create a single target for hackers to attack. Users are better off being able to choose from several excellent security programs - even if they have to pay for them - than being stuck with a single program from Microsoft.

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