Microsoft Walks Fine Line on Malware Removal
Opinion: The security software business is better off without Microsoft competing, but are we? Look for the company to proceed guardedly into this market.Back in DOS 5.0, Microsoft included an anti-virus scanner (a licensed version of Central Points PC Tools scanner). That was Microsofts last entry into the anti-malware market with a real product, back in an era when viruses generally needed floppy disks to spread. That scanner didnt even make it to DOS 6.0, and here we are, well over a decade later, and things have changed in almost every way. Malware is a major problem for everyone, a huge industry has grown around fighting it, and Microsoft can no longer include whatever it wishes in its operating systems.
I grow impatient with observers who get mad at Microsoft for not including full-blown anti-virus protection in Windows. Sure, Id like it, too, but theres a big problem with this approach.