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Will "Client Protection" compete with McAfee and Symantec

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    ...Called Microsoft Client Protection, the new service could be seen as new competition for McAfee and Symantec, who have otherwise worked closely with the company in recent years to combat the increasing tide of security threats


    That service is expected to include antivirus, anti-spyware and malware protection, as well as computer tune-up and backup functionality when it launches sometime next year.

     


    http://informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=171203475

    http://www.betanews.com/article/MS_to_Ship_Malware_Protection_Utility/1128597859

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    Maurits

    Q: Will "Client Protection" compete with McAfee and Symantec?
    A: You betcha.

    Myself, I'd like to see an open standard for virus definition format.  Then I could mix and match my AV engine(s) and my definition vendor(s).

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    Manip

    Yeah but that is how AV companies make money... I mean just because Norton releases a new anti-virus product each year doesn't mean you are any safer...

    In my opinion AV companies do screw their customers over a LOT, I mean Norton, for one years subscription charge £19.98 ($24.99) -- that is after you pay £39.99 for the original version... But the virus samples are sent in for free by their clients, all Norton have to do is confirm it is a virus/trojan/worm and update their database to include a new hash or identifying string... Does it cost them £19.98 per customer per year to run that single lab with maybe twenty employees?

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    Bugslayer

    I think that you are right that it will represent competition.

    Let's be clear...  Microsoft is offering consumer and enterprise solutions.

    The consumer product is OneCare.

    The enterprise product includes workstation and server components.

    The workstation component is called "Client Protection".

    The feature sets are being incorrectly merged together.  OneCare is the one-stop-shop (AV, malware, etc, tools, etc).

    Client protection will compete with the managed AV solutions from the aforementioned companies (Symantec's NAV Corp, Network Associates' Mcafee enterprise)

    Cool To show how muddled things are at redmond, check out the URL for the enterprise webpages:


    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/enterprise/default.mspx


    Hmm... I'll bet this URL changes soon Tongue Out

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