Mike Nash, chief of Microsoft's security business unit, told reporters that Microsoft is developing software to protect personal computers running Windows against malicious software, the worms and viruses that have plagued users with data loss, shutdowns and disruptions in Web traffic in recent years.
"We're still planning to offer our own AV (anti-virus) product," Nash said
Reuters: Microsoft on Track to Offer Anti-Virus Software
This is going to be interesting. If Microsoft starts selling an anti-virus solution, they are in a sense charging for their own faults. No security holes - no anti-virus program needed. So in order för the Anti-virus division to show a profit, windows needs more security problems.
If Microsoft integrates it into the OS, or gives the product away for free - we're right back the situation where MSIE was offered free and Netscape cost money. Lawsuits, Lawsuits, Lawsuits.
The only way to win is to make it so GOOD that it puts an end to the whole virus plague. That is one challenging task.