Microsoft buys into the anti-virus market

Following Microsoft’s recent foray into the anti-spyware market and ending months of speculation, Microsoft announced today that it is to attack another form of malware through its purchase of Sybari Software.

Whether anti-virus technologies will be included within Windows (alongside the Windows Firewall), or made available as a separate download (as for Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware) is yet to be seen but with the US Department of Justice and the European Union already investigating the bundling of middleware within Windows it will be interesting to see how Microsoft positions its new acquisition.

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