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Microsoft security a 'missed opportunity'

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by imported_misi, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. Microsoft has offered more details of its security plans but these announcements do not add up to a strategy for protecting Microsoft's products and customers," analyst Neil MacDonald said.

    The announcements could though shake up the security industry and provide savings opportunities for customers, the analyst group noted.

    "Microsoft has missed an opportunity to clarify its strategy for the security market and articulate whether it plans to be a leader in consumer and enterprise security solutions across desktop, server and server gateway," said MacDonald.

    Gartner said Microsoft's overriding goal should be to eliminate the need for anti-virus and anti-spyware products, not simply to enter the market with "lookalike products at lower prices".

    The decision to restrict Internet Explorer 7.0, the latest version of the browser software, to the XP platform suggested that Microsoft wanted to force users of older platforms to upgrade if they want improved security, said Gartner.

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