Microsoft and the Anti-Virus Business

By Deane Barker on September 23, 2003

Microsoft: A Killer App That Could Kill the Competition: An interesting look at Microsoft’s new foray in to the anti-virus business. They’re planning to bundle anti-virus software with the new version of Windows, which, analysts say, will decimate all the competition.

“It’s a great time to be in the antivirus business. In August, two separate bugs laid low millions of PCs around the world, causing an estimated $2 billion in damage. Both exploited vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system. And on Sept. 10, Microsoft warned of yet another security hole in Windows that could lead to a new bout of bugs. All that has sent sales of antivirus software soaring. So which company stands to benefit the most from the surging demand for security software? That’s right: Microsoft.”

Via Lockergnome.



  1. Hello? What is wrong with this picture: Microsoft codes virus prone software and now offers anti-virus software to protect you?

    I would not buy anti-virus software from Microsoft, sorry. It took how many years, maybe a decade, for them to catch up with the Macintosh OS with XP? More to the point, McAffee, Sophos, and Norton have incentives to think outside the box. A captive anti-virus product within Microsoft has much less incentive.

    If you believe the analysts, I have a nice piece of land to sell you, water on all six sides (including top and bottom) …

  2. I think this is called a protection racket; you pay Lenny or his cousin Bruno $X every month and they make sure that nothing bad happens to your business/home/family.

    Also known as blackmail.

  3. I really don’t see how this could be a problem.

    On an unrelated note, have you met my new daycare provider, the ravenous grizzly bear?

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