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Project 'Squash Symantec' in High Gear

Microsoft's plan to take over the anti-virus/security software from those who created it has moved into overdrive with the release of Forefront Client Security.

I've been critical of this move on the grounds that partners -- including Symantec, McAfee and Sunbelt -- together saved Windows from the unrelenting peril that is viruses. Once they showed the way, it was easy for Microsoft to do the exact same thing, competing with the very vendors that helped keep Windows running in the first place! We tackled this and other issues in our January cover story "Unfair Fight."

Symantec isn't taking this lying down. It released a statement arguing that Forefront Client technology is based on OneCare, which Symantec argues is substandard.

What do you think of OneCare and Forefront? And would you rather buy anti-virus software from Microsoft or a third party? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/03/2007 at 1:15 PM


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