27 October 2006 | 5,173 views

Security Companies Fight Against Microsoft Security Center

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No surprise really? Microsoft and they monopoly strategies, anti-competitive behaviour, nothing new really is it?

Microsoft and its security rivals are feuding over a key piece of Windows Vista real estate.

The fight is over the display of technology that helps Vista owners manage the security tools on their PC. Symantec, McAfee, Check Point Software Technologies and other companies want Microsoft to change Vista so their products can easily replace the operating system’s built-in Windows Security Center on the desktop. But Microsoft is resisting the call.

Microsoft was locking down the kernel too, how are other security companies supposed to survive?!

“By imposing the Windows Security Center on all Windows users, Microsoft is defining a template through which everybody looks at security,” Bruce McCorkendale, a chief engineer at Symantec, said in an interview. “How do we trust that Microsoft knows what all the important things about security are to warn users about?”

Windows Security Center, introduced with Windows XP Service Pack 2, pops up on desktops to alert PC owners if their firewall, virus protection and other security tools need attention. The version in the Vista update, set for broad release in January, will add new categories and management tools.

Microsoft better be careful unless they want another antitrust case to brew…I’ve heard they will open up the Vista Kernel to certain companies though, will report more on that later.

Source: News.com



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