Last year we noted the extremely difficult spot Microsoft was in with its security efforts. If they charged for their new security products, people would complain that they were charging people to fix the vulnerabilities in their own software. However, if they gave the software away, then it would turn some heads concerning anti-trust questions, since they would basically be undercutting all those other security software firms out there. It appears that Microsoft has made its choice between the two options -- deciding to avoid the anti-trust issues by simply charging for their security offerings. It's going to cost $50/year which is about what others charge. It would appear that Microsoft figured a little bad publicity over the charging is much better re-awakening the Justice Department concerning anti-trust violations.
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