MSFT Competitors Claim Vista is Secure -- From Them

Includes: MSFT, SYMC
by: Miriam Metzinger

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Security Software Makers Upset Over Windows Vista (NY Times)

Summary: McAffee and Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC), producers of popular security software, are voicing complaints that Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new operating system, Vista, prevents consumers from using their products and leads them to Microsoft's security programs. Although they have yet to lodge a formal complaint, the companies have brought the issue to the attention of authorities at the European Commission and to the committee that oversees Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the Justice Department. F-Secure, a Finnish company that produces security software is also critical of Vista, which will be available to consumers in January. Microsoft insists that with Vista it has made needed improvements to cope with internet viruses designed to attack Microsoft desktop products, and that they are not taking steps to eliminate competition. McAfee argues that Vista's console, which hinders replacement with other systems, is a step backward for security. Trend Micro, a supplier of virus scanners for Microsoft's hotmail, believes that Vista's exclusivity is a hinderance to fighting malicious software.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE)

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