PC World - Final Version of Windows Defender Now Available
As many of you know, Microsoft released Windows Defender 1.1 final earlier this week. In addition, all Windows XP and Windows 2003 users will also receive 2 free calls to Windows technical support. Not bad for a freeware. However, it is not all roses over at Microsoft. There is a great deal of bickering between Microsoft and 2 security software vendors, McAfee and Symantec. In the upcoming Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft will introduce a new security feature called "PatchGuard." McAfee and Symantec want more details about the feature to optimize their software for Vista. However, until late, Microsoft has refused to provide them with details. McAfee and Symantec accused Microsoft of trying to put a strangle hold on the security software market by creating a operating system which can only support Mirosoft own software. The latter is not outside the realm of possibility since Microsoft was successful at driving out Netscape by integrating Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system.