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November 9, 2006

Famous last words from Allchin, Gates

Posted by David Hunter at 6:15 PM ET.

Allchin Suggests Vista Won’t Need Antivirus

During a telephone conference with reporters yesterday, outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system’s new lockdown features are so capable and thorough that he was comfortable with his own seven-year-old son using Vista without antivirus software installed.

Hard news for the Windows Live OneCare and Windows Live Safety Scanner folks, I guess, but we’ll see how gentle time is in treating this hubris.

Then there’s Bill Gates touring Europe and whistling past the EU:

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday the company’s upcoming Windows Vista operating system has survived antitrust complaints by rivals who aimed to “castrate” it.

“Competitors tried to get regulators to castrate the product,” said Gates, adding they had largely failed. “I wouldn’t say antitrust played any dramatic role.”

The melodrama isn’t over until Neelie Kroes sings.

Update Nov. 12: Jim Allchin clarifies.

Filed under Antitrust, Bill Gates, Executives, General Business, Governmental Relations, Jim Allchin, Legal, Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Live, Windows Vista

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