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October 16, 2006

Microsoft delivers part of promised Vista security APIs

Posted by David Hunter at 5:06 PM ET.

As part of its Vista promise to the EU, Microsoft said last week that it would be delivering some new security APIs to third party vendors of security product. Part of the package was delivered today:

Microsoft Corp. said Monday it has given security vendors Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc. some of the information they want to make their products work with Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista.

Microsoft spokesman Tom Brookes said the software interfaces for the Windows Security Center — Vista’s new “security dashboard” — were uploaded to a Web site for software developers.

“We still don’t know if we have everything we need or not,” Symantec spokesman Cris Paden said. Phone messages left with McAfee weren’t immediately returned.

Microsoft also said it planned to talk to both Symantec and McAfee to discuss changes they want made to Microsoft’s anti-hacking tool, Patchguard. Symantec wanted its software to be excluded from Patchguard’s scope so it would not be wrongly identified as a threat to the system.

Symantec, McAfee, and the other vendors are going to have to work fast to be ready when Vista is released for businesses in November. We can argue about business Vista adoption rates, but there’s no argument that the business part of the security business is the most lucrative and they’ll all want to put on their best display of proficiency.

Filed under Antitrust, Coopetition, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, McAfee, Microsoft, OS - Client, Symantec, Windows Vista

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2 Responses to “Microsoft delivers part of promised Vista security APIs”

  1. McAfee, Symantec disdain Microsoft Vista data delivery -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s partial delivery of EU placating Vista security APIs is drawing fire from competitors McAfee and Symantec: A statement from McAfee worldwide corporate communications vice president Siobhan MacDermott said: [...]

  2. Vista Security API dispute turns nasty -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft did deliver some Security Center documentation on Monday, but was stung by complaints from McAfee and Symantec that it was inadequate and had scheduled a conference call yesterday to clarify matters. Unfortunately, the call did not go smoothly: This meeting was under NDA, so what was actually discussed I can’t say.  [...]

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