Microsoft Readies A1 Security Subscription Service
Microsoft's anti-virus/anti-spyware strategy is taking shape. Sources say the company is prepping a fee-based bundle, which could go beta soon.Publicly, Microsoft continues to be cagey about packaging and pricing plans for its anti-spyware and anti-virus solutions. But privately, Microsoft has begun informing partners of its plans for a security subscription service code-named "A1," according to developers who requested anonymity. Microsoft bought anti-virus vendor GeCAD in the summer of 2003, and anti-spyware maker Giant Company Software last month. As to how it plans to deliver these technologies, Microsoft has declined to give specifics. How, when and if it will repackage GeCADs technology remains uncertain. Ditto for Giantsalthough according to the Windows enthusiast site Neowin, Microsoft is expected to field its first anti-spyware beta based on Giants technology this week. Neowin said the anti-spyware beta is code-named "Atlanta."
Microsoft officials have said the company is planning to make some form of its anti-spyware product available as a free tool. But that isnt the ultimate plan, partner sources said.