If you’re wondering what Microsoft’s been doing since Windows XP came out — outside of the courtroom, that is — wonder no more. Quantum Skyline has an overview of Microsoft’s latest addition to their software pantheon, Microsoft AntiSpyware. Of course, this begs the question: “WTF?!” I mean seriously, does anyone trust Microsoft with security?
The answer is yes, though these people are in the minority right now, unlike people who trust MS for the desktop. Of course, having bought out an anti-spyware company is making some believe that the Redmond Giant can become a formidable force in the world of Internet security.
“Microsoft did create Windows, which has been proven to not have the greatest security track record. Microsoft is also responsible for the tight integration between Internet Explorer and Windows, and the problems thatâ€™s caused. Finally, Microsoft is responsible for the implementation of Outlook Express, an email client, which has been all but completely wiped out. In their wake, we have an entirely new industry that addresses the problems that were introduced…. With their purchase of Giant Company Software Inc. for their well-known GIANT AntiSpyware tool, a few analysts have been asking if Microsoft is attempting to profit from their mistakes. In essence, people are asking if the fox is guarding the henhouse.
Recommended reading for anyone using Windows.