| By Ryan Russell |
Security vendors are complaining about what they call anticompetitive features coming up in Vista. Are their complaints valid, or are they simply worried about competition?.
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Security companies question Microsoft’s intentions
If you’ve been reading the tech news lately, or even the Financial Times, you may have picked up rumblings from a number of security vendors. The first complaint I was aware of was on Alex Eckelberry’s blog in June. The seed of the complaint from the Sunbelt Software executive is that Microsoft is now making a big entry into the security business in ways it hasn’t before.
Another vocal critic is Symantec, which publicly claimed that Vista keeps out its product while giving privileged access to Windows Defender.
What else has Symantec been up to? In May, the company sued Microsoft, claiming breach of contract over backup software. I think it’s safe to say that Symantec is keeping a close eye on Vista.
The most recent complaints are from McAfee, which made the same claims as Symantec. Namely, that McAfee’s software doesn’t get to play in the kernel, but Microsoft’s does.