>>>>Microsoft to buy antivirus software maker
>>>>Matthew Broersma, June 10 2003
>>>>Microsoft has announced its intention to acquire GeCad Software, a
>>>>Romanian antivirus technology developer, in order to improve the
>>>>security in its Windows platform.
>>>> The deal, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, would add a
>>>>team of antivirus experts to Microsoft's stable of developers and give
>>>>the company the ability to offer antivirus systems across all its
>>>>"Malicious code and worms are a big threat to our customers," said
>>>>Hilary Wittman, Microsoft's security marketing manager for the United
>>>>As a side benefit, Wittman said the acquisition would give Microsoft a
>>>>more significant presence in software development in Europe.
>>>>Matthew Broersma reported from London.
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>>>>I wonder will these 'antivirus systems' cost extra on top of the yearly
>>>I don't think Microsoft intends to sell anti-virus software. I think they
>>>just wanted to acquire a broad base of knowledge about how viruses attack
>>>windows, so they can design windows to be less susceptible.
>>".. give the company the ability to offer antivirus systems across all
>>its products .."
>>What exactly does this sentence fragment mean ?
> It likely means that they intend to make their systems virus resistant. Or
> it could mean they intend to create an "antivirus API", much like they
> currently have Cryptography and Backup API's to allow third parties to plug
> in modules.
I don't think so. If the're not going to sell directly to the public
then they will probably 'license' the technology to the various vendors
to 'incorporate into their own products. That waw if there ever were a
little 'accident then MICROS~1 wouldn't get the blame.
Quote:>>Where does any of this mean that Microsoft is *not* going to make money
>>out of selling anti-virus $product.
> I don't know if they are. Microsoft tried to sell antivirus once before,
> with DOS 6, and that was hopelessly out of date almost instantly. I don't
> think Microsoft wants to be in the virus protection business because it
> moves so fast.
I can think of a different reason. Imagine the first time one of these
"antivirus API" protected products hits the market and it catches a
virus. People would be right in asking how can a company who can't even
protect its own products sell us AV software for doing the same thing ?
Have Microsofts own development servers ever been hit in the past ?
Quote:>>ps: why don't they make an Operating System that don't catch 'viruses ?
> I think that's the point.
That is the point, and what is the answer, our erik ?