Today, Microsoft announced the consolidation of its anti-virus utilities into one downloadable solution that will get periodically updated as well as the beta version of an anti-spyware product based on the company's completed acquisition of Giant in December 2004. In ZDNet's first ever podcast, Gytis Barzdukas, a director of product management in Microsoft's Security Business and Technology Unit, explains the announcements and discusses how Microsoft gingerly toes the line of including improved security in Windows without being too threatening to the vendors (ie: anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, anti-phishing) that thrive on the constant attacks faced by users of the desktop operating system. Barzdukas says there's plenty of room for third party security companies to thrive. But are those players reading the writing on the wall differently? After all, Symantec's acquisition of Veritas is more about diversification than anything else (a subject that Barzdukas declined to comment on). Is the expansion of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Initiative reflected in the industry's changing structure? You be the judge.
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