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Friday, October 07, 2005

Microsoft to Introduce New Security Software for Windows

Microsoft will introduce a set of corporate products today that will move it more fully into competition with the leading makers of security software for Windows computers.

The company will outline plans for a package of corporate security software and services called client protection technology, along with software for identity management and access for corporate customers. The services will go into limited testing later this year; Microsoft would not give details on general availability or pricing.

This year Microsoft has announced a series of initiatives in security products for home users. In January it began testing an antispyware product, and it has announced a subscription antivirus and antispyware service called Windows OneCare.

Those products and the company's declaration that it plans to offer a wide range of products in the security field pose new competition to established security software makers like McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro.

"Our focus here is helping to protect our customers," said Amy Roberts, director of product management for Microsoft's security technology unit. "Our concern is less about what the competitors are doing and more about what our customers are asking for."

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