First people wondered whether the “enhanced security” of Windows Vista would plunder the multi-billion dollar computer security market. The talk there has quieted, as there is really no telling when the software might be released (and since you need a quad processor with 8 gigs of ram to run it, the uptake won’t be quick when it does).
So lets point the finger at the Microsoft OneCare program, and see if it raises any ire. Can it kill the Symantecs and McAfees of the world?
Alex Eckelberry seems to think so, but not because he is unconfident about his own Sunbelt products. Mr. Eckelberry thinks predatory pricing for Microsoft OneCare is the issue.
My notion is this: as long as folks are running Windows, viruses and spyware are going to run rampant. And as long as pests persist, security firms have a business model. As much as Microsoft wants to be in the security business, the more they push it the more people are going to wonder why the company is selling security protection for their own operating systems. In other words, I think there is going to be some level of rebellion at the notion.
If everyone ran Linux or OS X, security firms would have something to worry about.
Victor Godinez of the Dallas Morning News says using Microsoft OneCare is like “asking the fox to guard the henhouse.” I concur.