Wednesday, June 11, 2003

The Godfather's Web Services?

Fusion announced that Microsoft will buy a Romanian antivirus company (GeCAD) which is virtually unknown in the US but markets products for Windows, Linux, Exchange and Groupwise throughout Europe.

The article quotes Microsoft senior director Jonathan Perera as saying that Microsoft will "... provide fee-based antivirus services at some point."

Since most viruses, trojans and worms are aimed at Microsoft products, it strikes me as highly unethical for MS to sell you a product which is susceptible to a virus then turn around and offer to sell you a product which will block the virus. That's just wrong. I can envision Steve Ballmer saying "people who don't buy our protection services, bad things happen to their network."

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