With Microsoft buying up anti-spyware and anti-virus companies left and right over the past few months, many were questioning whether or not they would eventually turn around and sell those products to users who mainly need to use them because Microsoft didn't successfully patch the security holes in their own software. Today, Bill Gates suggested that these products will remain free, assuming, of course, you can prove you have an authorized copy -- which could end up being something of a nuisance. Others in the PC security space are trying to spin the story in a way that doesn't make it sound like Microsoft just deflated their tires, but you have to wonder how those who have recently invested tons of money into the space must feel.
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