Right now Microsoft’s security service, OneCare is in beta and free for all to use and try out. However, you need to strategically think, going forward, how you will use this service in your business – or IF you will.
If you have security systems in place from McAfee, Trend Micro, Symantec and any number of other great vendors – don’t rush out to switch your systems. However in the next 6 months, 12 months expect to see more of OneCare Live bundled with your computer, from your ISP and other sources. This is where things could get interesting…will your NEW computers need traditional security vendor software if you have it from Microsoft?
Cnet has a short, behind the scenes, comment on OneCare live and writes First off, there is far too much industry belly aching. It’s time that everyone forgets about security flaws in Windows 98; that’s ancient history. Many insiders also question Microsoft’s motivation to produce secure code when it enters the desktop security space.
Attention Microsoft bashers: This product is all about money and control, not security.
On the money side, we are talking about a global desktop software market in the $5 billion range that Microsoft hasn’t played in. Can you think of another area where this is true? Symantec, McAfee, Trend, and others have printed money over the past five years by selling security subscriptions creating a wildly profitable annuity stream. Microsoft would be crazy NOT to jump into this pool.
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