Microsoft might be about to unveil a major assault on the security market when it launches its OneCare suite of security products in June, the company today gave a strong indication that its OneCare technology isn't capable of doing any heavy lifting.
Instead of having OneCare protect Hotmail users from receiving and sending viruses, Microsoft renewed its contract with Trend Micro, one of the world's three largest security vendors.
Hotmail once again proves to be an embarrassing failure point for Microsoft. When Redmond acquired the service in December 1997, Microsoft vowed to migrate the service from Unix to a Windows platform. But even today, numerous accounts are running on the old Unix systems. Only accounts with a 250Mb inbox are running on Windows machines, while any of the 10Mb accounts are still powered by Unix.
There is nothing wrong with running your service on competing technology. Especially since Hotmail offers a vast volume of messages that requires scanning that's beyond the scope of a consumer offering. But that's exactly why it would have been a great endorsement for Microsoft's security products if they were deemed powerful enough to serve Hotmail. Now that honour goes to a provider who competes with Microsoft in the client anti-virus market.
Microsoft might not be saying that OneCare isn't good enough, but it certainly is saying that Trend Micro is better.
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