Microsoft’s anti-virus plans – making some AV vendors nervous

Reuters is reporting that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT – news) plans to offer its own anti-virus software and has a major security update to Windows in the works.
While this is good for consumers it might not be so wellf or 3rd party anti-virus vendors who have offered their own solutions for years.
On the flip side of this, however, is that consumers (and businesses) might think less of their security if they feel that Microsoft has built in protection for them.
Reuters’ report continued to read that Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has promised its customers more secure and reliable software under its “Trustworthy Computing” initiative launched by Chairman Bill Gates (news – web sites) in early 2002.
A major update to Windows XP (news – web sites), called Service Pack 2, that aims to boost the security of Microsoft’s flagship product, is also close to being finalized and released to customers this summer.
And last year Microsoft acquired anti-virus technology from GeCAD Software Srl., a Romanian software company, to develop its own software.
Microsoft, which is sitting on more than $56 billion in cash, could easily afford to buy Network Associates, which after Tuesday’s share rally was valued at $3.2 billion.
Analysts noted, however, that there would be plenty of reasons to doubt whether a deal was imminent.
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