Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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antitrust, security

microsoft, trend micro

Once Again, Security Company Suggests Microsoft Making Its Own Software Secure Is An Antitrust Violation

from the rock-and-a-hard-place dept

For many years, we've pointed out that Microsoft is in a bit of a rock and a hard place when it comes to security software. The company more or less created an entire outside industry in having its software be so incredibly insecure that various other firms had to step up to secure it. But, that puts Microsoft in a really tough position. Does it fix its own security flaws... or is doing so a way to abuse its market position to put the security firms out of business? It's hard to see how that latter position makes much sense to anyone other than those who work for the security companies, but they continue to make those claims. The latest is from Trend Micro, who is complaining that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antitrust violation. The article linked here notes that this is even more ridiculous than you might expect, in that MSE is an optional download. Either way, it seems like a pretty huge stretch to claim that fixing your own security holes could possibly be an antitrust violation. The real problem may be that Trend Micro jumped into a business that relied on another company continuing to suck.

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    Transbot9, 12 Nov 2010 @ 2:21pm


    This reminds me of when Norton and others (I think Trend was one of them) were suing Microsoft over in Europe for Microsoft to put the security holes back into Windows Vista that Microsoft used to have in XP.

    Obviously, that didn't go far.

    Heck, I don't even know if Microsoft markets Security Essentials beyond their own website. I was pretty surprised that the CNET rating was rather positive on the product, especially on a product that Microsoft put out only because people kept demanding it.

    Ironically, Trend Micro trials are often found on newly purchased PCs - and Security Essentials has to be downloaded and installed. Too bad Trend Micro didn't pay attention to what happened to Norton, because now they're in the same shoes as Norton was a few years ago (losing market share as their program became bloated and not as effective).

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