Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista, has created a headache for security vendors like Symantec and McAfee. The software giant recently opened up its code, enabling other vendors to tailor their products to Vista, but the fight is far from over.
Symantec’s channels director for the Pacific region, David Blackman, claims Microsoft is forcing users to rely on its own software rather than opening up the market and providing a choice.
“Our real message in this area is that they are using their control over the operating system to force users to only use security solutions from Microsoft," claims Blackman. “The security threat landscape is constantly evolving and being totally reliant on one player in the marketplace opens up huge amounts of threats.”
Microsoft’s product Patchguard is the current point of discussion between the parties, as it does not allow interaction with third-party, security solutions.
Blackman says despite the setbacks, Symantec will not abandon its market position to Microsoft.
“We still are the leaders in Windows protection and we will not lose market share to Microsoft.”